The Near West Side Neighborhood Association normally meets every third Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the first floor kitchen at the Banneker Community Center, 930 W 7th St. Like most public facilities, the Banneker Center closed because of the COVID-19 crisis. Today, we received this update from Erik Pearson, Program/Facility Coordinator at the Banneker Center:
- At this time, Banneker will be utilized for three COVID-19 related programs: 1) Food and donation storage and disbursement on the third floor organized by Boys and Girls Club. 2) Mask making in the gym. 3) Banneker Camp On-the-Go in the kitchen space. The latter is our altered version of our normal summer camp. We will be delivering meals and activity packets to 100 youth each week beginning Monday June 1.
- Over the last several weeks Banneker has been thoroughly sanitized per the CDC and Health Department guidelines. In addition, renovations have continued. All new furniture is located throughout the building. Commercial refrigerators, freezers and a warming oven has been installed. Most recently, the gym is being prepared for the projector and screen that will be installed shortly. There are still kitchen cabinets and counters to be installed throughout the building, but we are moving along.
- Public meetings taking place at Banneker are not likely to return until August, although things could certainly change. If they do I will be sure to reach out.
NWSNA meetings will be via Zoom until the Banneker Center becomes available again. The next meeting is Tuesday, June 16; watch the community mailing list, the neighborhood Facebook group, Nextdoor and this site for a meeting link.