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$500,000 approved to build Santa Maria Japanese Community Center

The Smith-Enos House
Posted at 9:14 AM, Dec 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-31 12:14:55-05

Millions of dollars in federal funding that was recently approved for various projects in Santa Barbara County, could finally get construction underway for Santa Maria's Japanese Cultural Center.

Of the $16 million approved for the county projects, $500,000 will go toward supporting the construction of the new community center.

According to Rep. Salud Carbajal, who led efforts to secure the federal dollars, says the 10,000-foot facility will feature memorabilia documenting the lives of early Japanese immigrants in Santa Maria.

Its construction is part of the 7-acre Smith Enos History Farm House Project.

The project is a partnership with the Japanese Community Center, Inc, which has donated an additional $350,000 for the construction of the new facility.