Fawdon Community Centre was due to close after council funding was withdrawn, until Newcastle Tenants and Residents Federation agreed to take over, moving in its offices.
The charity will use its own budget to maintain the building, which houses a library, playgroup and space for community groups.
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The incident happened around 9.55pm at Fawdon Metro Station on Wednesday July 5.
44-year-old Russell Snowdon, from County Durham, and an accomplice burst open the cash machine at an RBS branch, stealing over £45,000.
The incident happened at around 2.30pm last Wednesday August 9 when the pensioner arrived at his home in the West End of Newcastle.