A Cinderella-like transformation has happened in the 300 block of East Angeleno Avenue.
Salvation Army of Burbank opened its doors to the public Wednesday afternoon and invited visitors to view its newly renovated community center.
Lifetime member Elaine Paonessa was as surprised as she was proud as she toured the facility.
“I remember when this was just a storage room,” she said as she walked through the new computer lab. “I’m totally overwhelmed.”
In addition to the donated computer lab where the public is encouraged to participate in technology and language classes, the facility also boasts a new music room, art studio, outside barbecue area and an area set aside for gardening.
The majority of the revamped spaces were underused or storage areas, said Salvation Army Lt. Kari Rudd.
“Before I was assigned to Burbank, I was a banker,” Rudd said. “So the first thing I did when I got here was take a look at the budget.”