The Boys and Girls Club & Teen Center of Excellence officially broke ground September 13, 2018 where a former Ponderosa once stood at 9200 West Florissant Avenue in the heart of Ferguson, MO.
The teen recreation facility is located less than half a mile from the spot where Michael Brown was shot and killed four years ago.
The new facility will have and big auditorium, a teen lounge, a music/art studio, an outdoor garden, a nutrition education center, outdoor basketball and office space.
Mary Bonacorsi (Board Chair) started the ceremony with a speech inside a tent that was standing-room-only.
The nearly 27,000-square-foot facility is funded through a mix of private donations and corporate sponsorships.
Groundbreaking Speakers 1. Mary Bonacorsi Board Chair 2. Dr. Flint W. Fowler President 3. Dave Spence & Pat Sly Campaign Chairs 4. Dave Rabe & Kwana M. Cannon Donors 5. Reverend Traci Blackmon 6. Groundbreaking
Builder: KAI Design & Build Architect: Arcturis Stories: 3 Cost: $12.4-million (funded by private donations and corporate sponsorship) Sq. Ft: 27,000-square-foot