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Redmon and Lee building to reopen in September

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After being closed two years ago, the Redmon and Lee Youth & Adult Community Association announced Thursday that its building is set to open on September 24.

The empty Center and locked doors is a familiar sight for neighbors passing by, but in a couple of weeks that will change, and people expect it to have a positive impact once again.

Half a dozen people were in the Redmon and Lee building this morning, and it was an important one. With the Redmon and Lee building opening once again, Reverend James A. Hailey says this will only help the community.

"Our program itself will be able to do what it did before and enhance what the teachers are teaching as well as allow the parents to not to be having to worry about where they're children are between the 3 to 6 hours," he said.

But why is the building opening now? Director Crystal Young says it just needed to be done.

"Really we haven't received anything big or huge that has prompted this. We've just been working on it for some time and decided we just have to step out there and do it," said Young.

And it's needed because Young said kids need a place to go.

"But you know as far as an increase in you know negative behaviors, you know that certainly has been active."

And to make sure this building doesn't close again, Jerry Gille says the Quincy Housing Authority and the Redmon and Lee Association needs to work better together.

"We're going to communicate. Prior to that, the housing authority had a hands off policy with the Redmon and Lee Association. I'm not saying that we're going to get into their business, what I'm saying is there's going to be a lot more communication," he said.  

Communication so Redmon and Lee can go back to helping local students.

"It's all to develop them. To develop them to be a stronger adult."

The building was closed by the Housing Authority in 2010 because it needed major repairs, and people said it looks much better than it did a couple years ago.   

Director Crystal Young said the closing was actually a blessing in disguise. 

The Redmon and Lee Youth & Community Association will reopen the building for students in grades 1-8 to come to after school between 3-6 p.m.  Enrollment begins September 17th. 

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