Jefferson School City Center Now Ready for Business

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It started as an African-American school and it's transitioned into a community center offering wide range of services to various people in Charlottesville.

The Jefferson School City Center is now open for business and tenants are setting up shop and settling in. Tenants started moving into the building right after the December ribbon cutting ceremony.

The YMCA has already started its preschool program. Literacy volunteers and Piedmont Virginia Community College have started offering classes. Common Ground began teaching yoga and JABA has been running its Mary Williams Center and cafe.

Since the organizations share a space, they can share ideas and have collaborative events.

"Our desire is to program together, extend the realm of things we would have done all by ourselves, and really provide a service to the community that reflects all aspects of the way in which people want to live in Charlottesville," said Andrea Douglass of the Jefferson School City Center.

There will be an open house for the Jefferson School City Center on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The city center is located on Fourth Street in North West Charlottesville.