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Rondo Community Center on its way

Posted by: James Walsh under Parks and recreation, People and neighborhoods, Urban living Updated: July 8, 2014 - 4:44 PM

A new Rondo Community Center appears to be a step closer to reality.

On Wednesday, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and other city and state officials and neighborhood dignitaries will gather at the planned site for the center in St. Paul's Summit-University neighborhood. The event is scheduled to begin at 12:15 p.m.

Coleman will officially transfer the deed for the property that will become the center's home. Other announcements are expected at that time, including a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society and the lineup for the July 19 Rondo Days celebration.

Rondo Avenue was once at the heart of the city's black community. But the street and many neighboring homes were bulldozed to make way for Interstate 94 in the 1960s. Rondo Days celebrates the neighborhood's legacy.

The community center site is at 820 Concordia Avenue.

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