Spring is a busy time at Roanoke's West End Center.
"They are happy that the end of school is nearing," says Executive Director Joy Parrish. "They are studying for SOL tests. We are already planning for summer program when kids will be here all day."
While there is plenty of activity with the kids, the site next door for the new community center is quiet. It is three weeks behind the initial April first start date.
"It has been held up just a bit, because the Historical Review Board that is in Richmond requires a 30 day review period," Parrish says.
At issue are the stones along the bottom of the initial building plans.
"The original plan called for a stone façade and they felt that wasn't consistent with the neighborhood," she says. "They suggested that we consider using a brick façade instead."
With construction put on hold for at least 30 days, West End Center leaders have been making the most of that time. In addition to Freedom First Credit Union, West End leaders are talking to other groups in the community about potentially being a part of the finished project.
"We are ready to go," Parrish says. "We are looking forward to construction getting started."
The hope is that the construction site will have as much activity as the kids next door by early May.