Peace centers designed to reduce teen violence will cost $39 million

The government’s plan to reduce youthful violence is to construct peace centers in many communities. The price tag is $39 million, financed by a loan from the International Development Bank.

Each center is supposed to feature music workshops, theater, dance, painting and sculpture and include what are called casas de justicia, a day-care center, a skatepark, library, auditorium, technology lounge and space for sports and recreation. Each center costs about $3.2 million.

Agencies involved are the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz, the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud, the Instituto Costarricense del Deporte, the Ministerio de la Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones, the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje and local governments.

Construcciones Peñaranda S. A. began construction of a center in Guaraí Jan. 4. The Consorcio Productos de Concreto S. A.- Arquitectura JOF S. A. began work Jan. 14 for the Centro Cívico por la Paz de Cartago.

A center in Heredia is in the works.

Bids are expected to be opened soon for additional projects relating to the Centro Cívico por la Paz de Garabito.

A center in Santa Cruz is being constructed by Constructora SICSA.Centers also are to be constructed in Agua Zarcas, Desamparados and Pococí, said the justice ministry.

This center takes shape in Santa Cruz.

This center takes shape in Santa Cruz.

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