Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín and District 5 Councilmember Sophie Hahn today cut a ribbon to unveil the newly renovated Live Oak Community Center in North Berkeley.
With a fresh coat of teal paint on the exterior and bright orange front doors, the center, which houses the Live Oak Theatre among other amenities, certainly looked smartened-up on Saturday afternoon.
Work at the site, which was carried out over the course of 2020, included a seismic retrofit and maintenance upgrades, as well as other improvements.
Funding for the renovation, which had a budget of about $6.1 million, came from the $100 million Measure T1 bond which voters approved in November 2016. The first phase of work involves infrastructure improvements across 45 projects.
Live Oak Community Center, which is one of the city’s designated care and shelter facilities in times of emergencies, is one of the largest projects in the group. Others include the North Berkeley Senior Center, University Avenue and other street work in the Berkeley Marina, improvements at Berkeley’s Historic Rose Garden and the city’s Mental Health Services Center.