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New Facility Planned for Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows

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The old YMCA building on Foster Drive in Reno has been closed for years.

Next week, it's being torn down, and taking its place, will be a brand new facility for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.

"We're excited to reach more kids, but also I think take care of a community need," says Mike Wurm with the club.

Wurm says the response from the local community has been overwhelming.

"People are glad we're coming, they're glad we're going to offer opportunities for the kids, give them positive choices in this neighborhood," he says.

The Boys & Girls Club originally tried to purchase the building when the YMCA closed six years ago.

"With the economy taking a dive at that time, it made fundraising very difficult," says Wurm.

The club had much better luck this time around.

It raised $3.5 million and received another $9 million donation to build the new center. However--the club still needs about $1.5 million to fully complete the project.

"We depend on the community wholeheartedly to help us out to offset the costs for membership and for providing care for these kids," says David Taylor, also with the club.

The facility will offer kids art classes, tutoring and the opportunity to play in sports leagues.

"Basketball league, flag football league, soccer league. So, that will give them another option to do," says Taylor. "A safe place to go, more importantly."

In all, the new facility will serve 4,000 kids in our community. That's a 25 percent increase for the entire Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.

"This will give some of these kids in the immediate neighborhoods things and another option besides the programs that are offered at school," says Taylor.

Construction on the new facility will start in the next few months, and is scheduled to be completed by summer of 2014.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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