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South Coast Community Center reopens after more than a year-long renovations

Goleta Community Center reopened on Thursday
Caroline Feraday
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KCLU
Goleta Community Center reopened on Thursday

The 100-year-old building in Goleta required seismic retrofitting.

It was already back in full swing hosting a Senior Expo as it reopened after the year long closure - the Community Center in Goleta had needed major seismic and accessibility upgrades to the 100-year-old building.

Local resident Janice Tate says she's glad to be able to return to the center to take part in her weekly line dancing classes.

"It [the closure] was depressing because it is a hot spot for a lot of us, so it's so nice to be back here," she told KCLU.

Seismic retrofitting was possible thanks to a FEMA grant which funded 75% of the works
Caroline Feraday
/
KCLU
Seismic retrofitting was possible thanks to a FEMA grant which funded 75% of the works

It was built nearly one-hundred years ago as a school, but a year ago, Goleta Community Center had to close to undergo major seismic and accessibility upgrades.

"It has new paint, refinished flooring, new plaster in the classrooms, upgraded bathrooms. So it does have a new feel to it. But really much of what was done are things that you can't see that's just for the safety of the building," explained Kelly Hoover from the City of Goleta.

The renovations were possible with FEMA funding 75% of the project, as well as federal funding secured by Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara.

The Center needed extensive renovations
Caroline Feraday
/
KCLU
The Center needed extensive renovations
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KCLU's Caroline Feraday reports

Carbajal said it's an important community hub.

"Continuing to invest to make it a facility that is modernized, safe and continues to provide that function is extremely important," he told KCLU.

"This is an example of our government continuing to function, continuing to find ways to make sure that we are keeping our promise to the American people and continuing to improve the lives and well-being of our citizens in Goleta," said Carbajal.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 10 Golden Mike Awards, 5 Los Angeles Press Club Awards, 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for eleven years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.