Athletic center nears completion

Photo by Daniel Heraty

Crews put finishing touches on the Helping Youth Progress and Excel Athletics Center, scheduled for an April preview and a May grand opening. Construction on the 110,000-square-foot building, on the northwest corner of Warren Avenue and Ann Arbor Trail, began in November and was funded by a $7 million grant from the the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developmentā€™s Neighborhood Stabilization Program and a $1 million grant from the Wayne County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. The facility is to feature a 10,000-square-foot swimming pool, a weight room and an indoor track, in addition to providing tutoring and literacy development. HYPE Athletics will share the building with non-profit organization Zaman International, which will contain a food bank and provide vocational training for abused women.