Jacksonville council member wants to bring teen center to Moncrief

Teen center could help cure violence

District 10 Council Member Terrance Freeman says he plans on filing a bill soon to create a Moncrief teen center, and tells Action News Jax Ryan Nelson the idea was passed on to him from his predecessor, Reggie Brown.

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Freeman was appointed to the District 10 Council seat by Gov. Rick Scott after Brown and his alleged co-conspirator Katrina Brown, were suspended in light of federal charges of fraud, money laundering and more.

“I felt my first responsibility was to make sure that those good ideas, and those good projects, had someone shepherd them through the process,” said Freeman.

Freeman tells us the proposed center would be located near the intersection of Moncrief and New Kings. He says he plans on filing the bill on April 3, and tells us the center would cost at least $500,000.

He says two local nonprofits would handle the center’s operations. There they’ll offer programs in culinary arts, gang intervention, tutoring, technology, job training and more.

The center would be placed less than a quarter-mile away from the scene of the Redpoll Avenue park shooting on Valentine’s Day that left Titus Mobley, 24, and Denim Williams, 14, dead.

Moncrief neighbor Janice Simpson tells Action News Jax it’s a refreshing idea for a community that’s feels overlooked, and says it could be an answer to the violence.

“We have not had anything like that in this neighborhood in a very long time,” Simpson.

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