Mary Jackson Neighborhood Center (Olde Hampton) (in process)
In fall of 2015, the Olde Hampton Community Center closed due to deteriorating conditions of the building. The City Council has set aside $3.5 million to construct a new neighborhood center in Grant Park, the site of the former center. The new center is planned to be approximately 18,000 square feet.
On March 14, 2018, City Council voted to name the new center in honor of Mary Jackson, NASA's first black female engineer. In addition to being one of Hampton's now-famous "Hidden Figures," Mary Jackson grew up in the neighborhood. She was active with youth, including teaching the science club at the Olde Hampton's King Street Community Center how to build their own wind tunnel and use it to conduct experiments.
A citizen group has been working with city staff to identify activities that will take place in the building. These activities will inform the design. The Olde Hampton Neighborhood Network Center opened in early 2016 at 125 Franklin Street. This center will serve as a temporary center until the new center is built.
If you have questions or concerns about this project, please do not hesitate to contact Brian DeProfio, Assistant City Manager (email@example.com or 727-6064).