Feb. 7, 2019 By Christian Murray
An immigrant advocacy organization broke ground on a 3-story community center on Roosevelt Avenue today.
Make the Road New York–which provides immigrants with educational, health and legal services–is building a 24,000-square foot, 3 story building that will include office space, multiple classrooms, a commercial kitchen, a dining area and outdoor space.
The building, which is going up across the street from Corona Plaza at 104-19 Roosevelt Ave., is expected to be completed in 2020.
The facility will be Make the Road New York’s first community center of its own. The organization currently rents space in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Long Island, Westchester County and at 92-10 Roosevelt Ave.
The organization will move out of its 92-10 Roosevelt Ave. location and into the new building upon its completion. The offices outside of Queens will remain open.
The new community center will serve as the new hub in Queens, where community members can access services such as a food pantry, adult literacy classes, civic engagement programs and arts programs. The organization serves about 16,000 people in the borough on an annual basis.
“In the face of an anti-immigrant administration, MRNY is building this new, permanent home in immigrant Queens—a place of community, dignity, strength and safety,” the organization said in a press release. “Our new community center will be a place of dignity, strength and safety for all.”
We are so proud to break ground on our new home. Thank you for helping make this milestone possible.
— Make the Road NY (@MaketheRoadNY) February 7, 2019