New Image Youth Center in Parramore is working to find a new home – WFTV

ORLANDO, Fla. — A youth center that provides year-round services to dozens of Orlando-area children is losing some of its much-needed space.

The New Image Youth Center has been helping children in the Parramore neighborhood for years. He used three spaces inside a building along Parramore Avenue, renting each space to a different owner.

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Founder and executive director Shanta Barton Stubbs learned on Monday that she will have to vacate the premises in 45 days. She said her rent is still on time, but the landlord wants to sell.

“It’s heartbreaking to know that the space you were able to go to for seven years is now taken away from you,” she said.

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Stubbs said she tried to buy the building several years ago, but her budget couldn’t handle the list price of nearly $500,000.

“To lose that meaning, we actually lose programs that we often do,” she said.

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Channel 9 contacted the owner, but received no response.

City Commissioner Regina Hill said she is working to find a solution, including possibly using space in one of the city-owned buildings.

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