Groundbreaking for Knoxville's 'Change Center'

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said the facility reached its $3 million fundraising goal with more than 3,000 donations.

KNOXVILLE - Knoxville city leaders broke ground Monday at the Change Center, a new facility that will focus on providing teens and young adults a safe place to thrive and have fun.

It took less than a year to raise the $3 million dollars needed to start construction on the center, which will be located on Harriet Tubman Street in a 20,000 square foot building donated by Overcoming Believers Church. It will include a multi-purpose sports venue, roller skating rink, concert stage, movie wall, game room, a Hard Knox Pizzeria cafe, and more. A job center will also be located on site.

The Change Center will be a safe place for teens and young adults to learn life skills and have a place to hang out.

With recent violence happening in the city, Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch says the center is needed to change lives

"This culture of violence has to change and that's really what this is going to do. It's going to change that. It's going to give opportunity for young people to keep them off the streets and keep them out of the gangs and keep them from turning to violence in order to answer their disagreements and disputes so they are going to get all the training here," said Rausch.

Leaders hope to have the center open by the end of the year. 

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