The director of the Harvard-Radcliffe Afro-American Cultural Center (HRAACC) criticized the Harvard Office of Government and Community Affairs yesterday for "taking too much time" to approve a building exchange between HRAACC and the Sanctuary.
Imani Kazana said yesterday "Everytime I talk to them it's always a week to ten days. It's hard to plan out programs when we don't exactly know where we'll be."
Kazana said that HRAACC, whose present office is located past the Law School at 20 Sacramento St., has already agreed to exchange buildings with the Sanctuary which now has its headquarters on Mt. Auburn St.
Kazana said she met with Laura Nemeyer, director of Sanctuary Inc., in mid-November, and that letters explaining their proposed exchange were sent to the Harvard Office of Government and Community Affairs in early December.
Donald C. Moulton, assistant vice president of the office said yesterday, "They aren't the only people looking for new facilities."
Moulton said many other organizations have requested new facilities, but he refused to disclose the names of the other organizations until all final decisions are made.
"We are trying to accommodate as many interests as possible, and we plan to be talking to everyone in more detail before making any final decisions," Moulton said. "I hate to be too optimistic, but in the next few weeks we should have and answer."
Kazana said the Sanctuary building has the space which a cultural center requires in order to sponsor dances, receptions, and theatre.
"The central location of the Sanctuary building is also important to us," Kazana said. "The Sacramento St. building is on the way to nowhere."
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