On March 21, 2018, the City of Riviera Beach voted to allow Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. assumes the land usage located at 251 W 11th St, Riviera Beach, FL 33404. The nine-acre facility has been aptly named:
The Judge The Judge Edward Rodgers Center for Community Development
The acquiring of the facility was engineered behind the efforts of Brother Edward Rodgers, Brother Alfred Fields - Fraternity President, Brother Dr. George Lockhart, Brother Morris Bell (Past President), Brother Grasford Smith (Attorney).
Brother G. Smith was instrumental in negotiating the acquisition of the assets within the building terms of the lease with the City of Riviera Beach.
Upon the request of Judge (Ret.) Rodgers, Brother Dr. Lockhart, Manager of Charter Schools Palm Beach County Schools, inquired if the district would release the (former) charter school to Judge Rodgers for his community use. The School board acted swiftly in honoring the Brother Rodger's plea to obtain the buildings on the land.
With facility acquired, the fraternity moved to the City of Riviera Beach to request the use of the land.
Brothers: L to R: Dr. George L. Lockhart, Grasford Smith, Cordell Cook, Judge Edward Rodgers, Morris Bell, Alfred Fields
City of Riviera Beach Minutes March 21, 2018 casting votes