Detroit sells vacant rec center to private high school

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit has sold a long-closed recreation center to a private high school.

University of Detroit Jesuit is to start renovations this summer on the 20,500-square-foot (1,904-square-meter) Johnson Recreation Center which includes a gym, locker rooms and community meeting rooms, according to the city.

The west side center will be reopened for community use.

Plans also call for improvements to more than 10 acres of open space around the center. Work will include adding soccer and lacrosse fields.

Detroit’s City Council approved the sale last May for $625,000. The school’s board last month approved the deal.

Johnson Recreation Center was built in 1956 and closed in 2006. It was among 16 of Detroit's 27 recreation centers to close from 2006 to 2013 due to budget cuts.


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