D. Bilal Beasley Community Center
Essex County is currently constructing a new, 13,000-square-foot community center in Essex County's Irvington Park. The structure will create modern accommodations for residents to gather and experience the park in a new way and provide additional space for community groups who regularly utilize the park.
The 13,000 square feet of space in the new building will be almost twice as much as the current brown brick and cinder block community center. The centerpiece of the building will be a 3,350-square-foot room with a capacity of 300 people. Also planned is a classroom, police substation, a conference room, office space for groups and organizations that utilize the park and a large kitchen area. The building will have restrooms that are accessible for those inside the building as well as separate restrooms for those outside of the building.
Access to the building will be enhanced with a new driveway and parking lot in front. There will be a covered entranceway so visitors can be dropped off without experiencing the elements. The parking lot will have handicap parking and spaces for about 60 vehicles. A feature in the back of the building is a 1,240-square-foot covered patio area that provides views of the park and additional space for outdoor gatherings.
2023 - Projection
13,000 sf - Building and Site Improvements