New Lake Worth community center for recovering addicts set to open

Maeva Renaud, executive director of Common Ground Community Development, is in charge of launching a new community center that will open April 8 the South J Street site where Bx Beer Depot used to be. (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)

LAKE WORTH — Common Ground Church’s Community Development Center is scheduled to have its grand opening April 8 where Bx Beer Depot once stood on South J Street.

Common Ground Church Pastor Mike Olive is leasing the 1,784-square-foot space where the center will serve as an incubator for artists and budding entrepreneurs who are in recovery.

“We want to help entrepreneurs and artists develop their gift,” Olive, who has been managing the famed Bamboo Room since May 1, told The Palm Beach Post in January. “We want to help the city become everything it’s meant to be.”

Bx Beer Depot, the home brew supply store and brewpub, closed in January after seven months in business.

Maeva Renaud, executive director of Common Ground Community Development, a nonprofit that promotes artists and entrepreneurs, has said the center will offer a safe space for those trying to get their lives back on track.

There will be a stage, a reading center and a coffee bar.

“We want to make this space available for family friendly events,” Renaud said earlier this year.

City Commissioner Andy Amoroso has been critical of the center’s location.

“Recovery in a downtown entertainment business district where there is alcohol should not be,” Amoroso said in January. “It’s not conducive to what recovery is.”