Posted on 11 March 2016 by La Habra Journal
By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal
As part of the new city hall construction, many other city buildings are being updated, remodeled or expanded. One of these buildings getting all three is the La Habra Community Center. The center already received new paint, wall coverings and some initial repairs and now after final approval by the La Habra City Council Monday, will see the construction of a new building that will house many community organizations. The new building on the western side, at the corner of Lois Street and West Erna Avenue, will be the new home for the Women’s Club, the La Habra Art Association and the Boy Scouts. The Women’s Club, one of the oldest organizations in the city, used to meet at its building on West Greenwood, until it sustained damage and was determined to be uninhabitable. The group then began meeting at the Community Center. However, never had a set meeting place. With the expansion, they now will have 1,007 square feet of meeting space, as well as some storage. The Women’s Club, along with the LH Art Association, were originally slated to move into the new city hall complex on the southern corner of La Habra Boulevard and Euclid Street, but would have a smaller space. The decision was made to move them, along with the Boy Scouts to the new portion of the Community Center. The Art Association will have approximately 991 square feet of space, and the Boy Scouts will have about 821 square feet of meeting space, as well as storage in the new building. The Art Association’s current building on Orange Street will be removed as part of the new housing development on the current city hall site. The Boy Scouts are moving from the building they used on the corner of Lambert Boulevard and Idaho Street. The new facility will provide newer amenities, better parking and easier access to the larger meeting rooms for their functions. The Council approved a revision to the Community Center building that includes Spanish tile roof in keeping with the La Habra Boulevard Specific Plan that requires buildings, structures, signs and landscape are in harmony with local buildings. The total cost of the project, including the addition of the tile roof is $138,000 and part of the approved budget for the total project.
Initial work on the expansion is set to begin immediately.