Congratulations to everyone involved in making the Harmar Community Center a reality. The facility opened Friday, culminating months of hard work that transformed the former Magnetic Specialty Inc. business at 307 Lancaster St. into what it is today.
First and foremost, thanks go to the Murphy family, which donated the building that used to house a business started by Gary Murphy and his late father, Ralph.
Understandably, those who worked on the project are proud of what's been accomplished.
Barry Taylor, project chairman for the renovation, couldn't resist giving a tour to some athletes representing the Cleveland Browns who were in town for a Browns Backers golf event. Taylor is a proud member of the Browns Backers.
Level Contracting of Marietta served as general contractor for the work and discounted many of its costs so the work could be done.
The center houses the Boys and Girls Club. It's opening just in time for the club to launch its summer activities, which begin today. Youths will experience a mix of indoor and outdoor activities and take field trips.
Also available at the center is an adult learning center to help people earn their GED, a resume building area, and a computer so students can come in to do their homework once school resumes.
All in all, it's great to see the center open and its location in the Harmar neighborhood is especially gratifying to those involved in its construction.