Those who run the Washington Head Start Program are elated about the impending demolition of the Old Washington school portable building located just a few hundred feet from their property.
"When that is gone, it's going to open up this area," said Robert Vela, family advocate of the Washington Head Start Program. "It's going to be beautiful. A view of the church is not a bad thing, and there is really no place to hide after that."
City contractors have been working the last few weeks to get the dilapidated structure, located near N. Alameda and Lobo Street, ready for demolition. The project is part of a new City initiative called Operation Proud Partnership, which looks to identify under-served areas of town that need a boost.
Those who work at the daycare said they often see transients near the building, and are glad to get rid of a spot that can easily attract the criminal element.
"It's keeping the children safe. It's an eyesore gone," Vela said. "The City is doing a great job, keeping kids safe, making the community a better place."
Vela said he looks forward to seeing what will be built on the property once the building is gone.
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