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.