Daytona Beach is almost finished with an overdue community center, but there is a major problem -- it has no furniture.
FOX 35 went to visit the site of the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Educational Center at Derbyshire Park and found plenty of workers, but nothing inside the building, except for a few folding chairs. We asked Daytona Beach Public Information Officer Susan Cerbone how they could design and construct the building with no thought to putting furniture on the inside?
"The project was designed in phases. The first phase was for design and construction, and that's the phase we are currently on. The next phase will be furnishing it, and putting the finishing touches on it, like the like the landscape and the parking lot."
What originally started as a room for the community to meet in has now turned into a comprehensive $3.1 million center. Cerbone says the Commission is keeping its promise to a community.
"The goal of the Commission was to get children involved in additional education programs and cultural programs, and recreational programs. The idea grew from there to include a gym, and also a photography studio, and a dance studio, and painting studio."
The city will now use $300,000 from the Race District Fund. Each year, $100,000 is paid to the city for the land occupied by International Speedway, and $200,000 will be given to the community center in advance. Along with this year's $100,000, that gives the city $300,000 to furnish the building.
They will spend $30,000 more to landscape the exterior of the facility. The city hopes to have it open by early this summer.