Boys & Girls Club facility design complete, construction underway
Ground has been broken and dirt is on the move at the future site of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrison-Crawford Counties adjacent to the YMCA of Harrison County in Corydon.
Last fall, the Harrison County Community Foundation agreed to build a new building to house the club.
The 19,065-square-foot facility will include a full gymnasium, teen room, art room, study/tech room, tween room, break/conference, full kitchen, preschool room, four personal offices, a work area, security vestibule and a check-in/help desk.
Shireman Construction is the general contractor for the $3 million project.
Kim Grizzel, executive director of the club, said the Foundation made each design detail or change that the club wanted.
‘We are so excited and extremely grateful that the new facility is underway,’ Grizzel said. ‘The new building will enable BGC to provide more opportunities than ever to Harrison County youth and be much more efficient in the process.’
The facility will be built on four acres purchased from the YMCA of Harrison County just west of the Y facility.
The Foundation will own the building, and the club will pay rent at a rate of $500 per month for the first five years. That money will be set aside for building maintenance, Steve Gilliland, HCCF president and CEO, said. Routine maintenance, however, will be the responsibility of the club.
The club has experienced a funding shortfall in recent years due to a lack of a donor base and an aging and deteriorating facility at the former Gerdon Youth Center at 600 E. Chestnut St. in Corydon.
Besides the Corydon site, the club has multiple sites in Crawford County schools and has just this year started a before-school program at Corydon Elementary School.
‘We are excited to partner with HCCF to further our mission of enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens,’ Jim Elliott, BGC board chair, said. ‘The Gerdon Youth Center building has been both a blessing and a curse. We’ve been able to sacrificially serve thousands of kids over the years in the building; however, the age and substantial financial burden associated with repairs and maintenance of the building has diluted our ability to reach additional kids in need.
‘The new building will alleviate the fear and financial strain of what’s going to fail next,’ he said, ‘and the new location will strengthen the synergies we share with the YMCA … a great combination to deeply impact academic enrichment, character development, healthy lifestyle and leadership growth for the youth of Harrison County.’
The club still needs major fundraising to fully operate on a yearly basis. The club’s board aims to roll out a scholarship program in the coming months where donors can provide the equivalent of a full year of club membership for one student.
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club is to ‘enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.’
For more information about the club or to make a donation, visit the club’s website, www.hc-bgc.org, or call 812-738-1696.
Each dollar invested in the Boys & Girls Club generates an estimated $9.60 in economic benefits for communities, club officials said.
The current Gerdon Youth Center facility will be turned into high-quality senior housing referred to as the Corydon School Senior Lofts project, which will begin renovation when the Boys & Girls Club moves to its new facility and should be ready to lease at the end of 2018.
The Corydon School Senior Lofts project is being developed by Myszak + Palmer Inc., which is submitting an application to the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority as part of the Town of Corydon’s Stellar Community plan. The historic renovation of the building and new construction on adjacent land will bring 27 one-bedroom units, 15 two-bedroom units and three efficiency units to the Chestnut Street site.