SF Mission community organizations reclaim Centro Social Obrero

By Julian Mark : missionlocal – excerpt

The hard-fought battle to reclaim a once-imperiled neighborhood institution ended Wednesday as Mission District community leaders embraced and celebrated at the Centro Social Obrero building at Florida and 19th streets.

A consortium of neighborhood nonprofits banded together to purchase a portion of the building, which the Mission Language and Vocational School had nearly lost in a messy legal battle. As of Wednesday, the nearly 100-year-old structure is once again a fully-fledged nonprofit hub.

All told, the nonprofits — Jamestown Community Center, the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), Mission Neighborhood Centers (MNC), and the vocational school — purchased a third of the property for $4.75 million.

“This is a miracle,” said Roberto Hernandez, a prominent neighborhood activist. “It’s a historical day.”…(more)

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