Millbrae seeking input on plans for new community center

Millbrae city officials and residents will meet Monday evening to begin the process of rebuilding the community center that was destroyed in a four-alarm fire last month.

Two boys, ages 16 and 17, have been arrested and charged as juveniles in connection with the blaze. San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe has said the boys, both Millbrae residents, will not be charged as adults because there was no evidence they intentionally set the fire.

The fire began in the early morning hours of July 21 at the Millbrae Community Center at 477 Lincoln Circle, and caused up to $2 million in damage before firefighters extinguished the flames.

Children in a summer camp that was being held at the center were relocated to nearby Taylor Middle School following the fire, and the city was working on plans for what to do with other programs held there.

San Jose-based real estate investment firm Republic Family of Companies has said it will contribute $30,000 to pay for the resources necessary to keep those programs going.

Millbrae Mayor Anne Oliva will lead a discussion at Monday’s meeting to seek input from residents on what amenities and services they’d like to see when the facility is repaired.

“Even though the pain of losing the community center is still fresh, we have an opportunity to build a new community center that better meets our current and future needs,” Oliva said in a statement.

The meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Millbrae City Hall, located at 621 Magnolia Ave.

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