The Salvation Army will host a construction kick-off tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 11 a.m. to celebrate the beginning of construction on a $41 million, 91,000-square-foot community center in the Broad Creek community of Norfolk.
Norfolk joins about two dozen cities to have a Kroc center, with much of the building paid for with money left by the late Joan and Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s Corp. To get the center built, Norfolk had to raise a $28 million match.
The center, slated to open in late spring 2014, was intended by the Krocs to house life-changing programs for citizens, made possible through a sliding membership scale and scholarship opportunities. The center will include a waterpark with a multi-story waterslide, a gymnasium, 280-seat chapel theater, health and fitness area, lobby café and rooms available for community functions.
The city is donating 12 acres of land for the center, located at the corner of Ballentine Boulevard and East Princess Anne Road, which is valued at $7 million. Other donations have come from Josh Darden, a retired businessman, Dollar Tree founder Doug Perry and Hall Automotive founder Ken Hall.
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