April 29, 2019 – New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas and Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky today announced that construction on the $13 million state-of-the-art Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady is 50 percent complete. The 39,450-square-foot location in Quackenbush Park will allow the youth organization to expand their services and triple daily attendance, and is strategically located between Mont Pleasant Middle School and Pleasant Valley Elementary on the border of both the Mont Pleasant and Hamilton Hill neighborhoods.
“This much-needed new facility for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady will continue the transformation of the Hamilton Hill and Mont Pleasant neighborhoods and will ensure that these children have the educational, social, and economic opportunities that all New Yorkers deserve,” Commissioner Visnauskas said. “We are grateful to our many community partners who have invested in the project and we look forward to seeing the kids enjoying the new facility when it is complete.”
Commissioner Zemsky said, “For more than 80 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady have provided vital programs and services for local children and families, and the new facilities will enable the Clubs to reach more residents and create stronger communities.”
Located at 1097 Forest Road, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady will include a 4,000-square-foot teen center, a commercial learning kitchen, large game rooms, technology centers, several program rooms, a gymnasium with bleachers that can be divided into three separate gyms, a performance theater designed in partnership with Proctors and administrative offices. The prior location in Hamilton Hill was unable to keep up with the needs and demands of young people in Schenectady’s neighborhoods, and the new facility is expected to work with over 300 children daily, nearly triple the number who attended the clubhouse in the former facility on Craig Street.
Financing for the $13 million project includes $3 million from Homes and Community Renewal’s Community Investment Fund and $2.4 million in equity that will be generated from New Market Tax Credit allocations from Empire State Development and The Community Builders. JP Morgan Chase is the Equity Investor. An additional $7.8 million has been raised through the generous donations of individuals, foundations and corporations.
Senator Jim Tedisco said, “The Boys and Girls Club of Schenectady is a very special place that helped mold me as a young person and continues to give a helping hand to kids and sets them on the path to personal success. I was proud to sponsor and pass legislation in the Senate to allow for construction on this new facility which will provide a fun and safe place for children in Hamilton Hill and Mont Pleasant as well as others to learn and grow.”
Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara said, “New York has a proven track record of partnering with Boys and Girls Clubs across the state to meet the needs of our community’s families. When we invest in our communities, we’re invest our future. This exciting new project is another important step towards meeting the needs of local families offering services and resources that help revitalize our neighborhoods and build a stronger Schenectady.”
Mayor Gary McCarthy said, “We are very excited about the great progress being made on the new state-of-the-art Boys & Girls Clubs facility in Schenectady. This is a critical investment for our youth in the Hamilton Hill and Mont Pleasant neighborhoods with its close proximity local schools and strategic revitalization initiatives along the Craig Street – Main Avenue corridor. I would like to sincerely thank Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Visnauskas for their support of this key investment in the future of our community.”
BGCS Executive Director Shane Bargy said, “A new state-of-the-art facility enables us to not only work with thousands of additional young people annually, but allows us to work with them more effectively utilizing the latest technologies in a safe environment. The kids in Schenectady need and deserve to have a modern club designed specifically for them to learn, grow and have fun.”
Sue McCann, TCB Regional Vice President, NY/NJ said, “We’re excited to work with and support the Boys & Girls Club of Schenectady, an integral part of the community, by allocating New Markets Tax Credits for the construction of a new state of the art facility, the largest investment in our youth in Schenectady’s history. The new Boys & Girls Club will directly benefit our residents in the Hamilton Hill neighborhood.”
En Jung Kim, Executive Director, New Markets Tax Credit Group, Chase, said, “The Boys & Girls Club of Schenectady is an essential part of the local community, offering a safe and inclusive place for young residents to engage in life-enhancing programs. Through the New Markets Tax Credit investment, this development will help improve the learning experience and provide more opportunities for local youth to grow.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady
Since 1936, BGCS has served young people from every walk of life, especially vulnerable youth who are at risk. Eight decades later, it is the largest youth development organization in Schenectady County, with 16 sites, including extensions, summer parks, all of the City of Schenectady’s swimming pools and Camp Lovejoy. The organization serves over 12,000 children and teens annually in some of Schenectady’s most distressed neighborhoods.
NYS Homes and Community Renewal
New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) works to create, preserve and improve affordable homes, and to develop vibrant communities. HCR is executing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s unprecedented $20 billion, five-year Housing Plan, which is making housing accessible and combating homelessness by building and preserving more than 100,000 units of affordable housing and 6,000 supportive apartments. The plan is a comprehensive approach to statewide housing issues, and includes investing in multifamily and single-family housing, furthering community development strategies, and preserving rent stabilization. For more information on HCR, its programs and its initiatives, please visit hcr.ny.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYSHCR.
Empire State Development
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of "I LOVE NY," the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.