The Boys and Girls Club of Las Cruces (BGCLC) will utilize ARPA funding to pay for preliminary engineering, design, and a portion of construction costs for a new state-of-the-art facility. This new facility will triple the capacity to 250 Las Cruces youth served daily.
During the project, BGCLC will:
Work with local non-profit partners and the City of Las Cruces to maximize their space and create multiple opportunities for partnerships that seek to avoid duplication of services to Las Cruces residents.
Ensure that the facility be approximately 30,000 square feet, including a gymnasium, state-of-the-art STEM Lab, and a separate wing for adolescent age-appropriate activities.
Work with the City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department and other community entities to allow after-hours usage of the gymnasium and other Club amenities.
Complete 100% of preliminary engineering, design, and other preliminary construction for a state-of-the-art facility that will increase the future capacity of BGCLC to serve Las Cruces youth in need.
BGCLC will identify an existing facility and/or land to renovate or build the new facility with a goal of being under contract no later than January 15, 2023. (Please note an existing facility has been identified, an offer has been made, and the contract will most likely be signed by December 31, 2022).
BGCLC will undergo preliminary inspections, surveys, etc., by February 15, 2023.
BGCLC will continue the feasibility study, which was paused until the land was identified. Feasibility study to be complete by March 31, 2023.
Completion of preliminary engineering, design, and a portion of construction, studies, and assessments for environmental work.
Rationale for the Project
An increase in youth placed on waiting lists to receive services, exacerbated during COVID-19 due to capacity restrictions and school closures, made the need for a larger facility more relevant. Moreover, the building in which BGCLC has been housed since 1965, needs frequent, costly repairs, and its lack of infrastructure makes it challenging to provide youth technology and tools since it is beyond the state of good repair.