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Nonprofit may get PBC land for $6M Belle Glade community center

BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Kids will be kids, but there aren’t many places for them to be that in Belle Glade.

Knowing that St. John’s First Baptist Church has a summer camp, which has 180 kids in it.

There are still 75 people on the waiting list.

“We knew that we could possibly accommodate 150,” Pastor Robert Rease said. “That just shows us that there’s really a need for more.”

Rondell Newson runs the NewKita group, which is a non-profit.

They hope within the next five years to turn a Palm Beach county owned lot in front of Glades Central High School into a $6.5 million community center.

Inside would be sports facilities, a youth center and more.

“It would help them as far as education, it would help them as far as unemployment , it would help as far as economic development because we don’t want to say we’re the answer, but we want to be the building block,” Newson said.

In order to do that, the NewKita group will need to raise all the money.

Palm Beach County commissioners are willing to give them the $195,000 dollar piece of land for free.

When Newson was asked if he really thought he could fundraise more than $5 million in a tough economy he answered, “Yes. I believe that because you have to have some passion. If you think small then your results are going to be small.”

If the two agree, Newson will have to prove he’s raised about $2 million within two years and start construction.

Two years after that, he’ll have to prove he’s raised $4 million total.

It’s a tough task, but people in Belle Glade said it would be nice.

“I think it would be a great asset for the community. I mean we need places for the children to go,” Kanysha Smith said.

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