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Designs, timeline unveiled for planned Suncor Boys & Girls Club

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By The Staff

COMMERCE CITY — With fundraising efforts for the project still underway, members of City Council and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver announced designs for the new Suncor Boys & Girls Club in Commerce City last week.

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The announcement was made May 13 at the Commerce City Recreation Center.

Groundbreaking for the new facility is expected later this year, and officials say the capital campaign has raised 92 percent of its $4.6-million goal for completion.

“One way of achieving our vision of a Quality Community for a Lifetime is measuring the opportunities available to our youth,” said Mayor Sean Ford. “Investing in the Suncor Boys & Girls Club meets that objective, providing a return on investment for generations to come.”

The 20,000-square-foot facility will be located just two blocks from the club’s current home at Kearney Middle School, at the corner of 62nd Street and Holly Avenue. Since opening the club in 2007, enrollment demand has only grown, resulting in tight quarters for its shared and dedicated space provided by Adams County School District 14.

With 83 percent of district students eligible for free or reduced lunches, the new building will be able to serve more than 1,000 children — more than double the capacity of the existing space — and provide relevant programming that aligns with the needs of area youth.

The new Suncor Boys & Girls Club will feature a STEM lab, art room, learning center, teen center, commercial kitchen and full-sized gymnasium. The Suncor Boys & Girls Club will be an anchor for the 65-acre Mile High Greyhound Park redevelopment, one of the region’s largest urban infill projects.

“Boys & Girls Clubs are open when children and families need us most. That’s why a dedicated building for Club members will benefit Commerce City for years to come,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver President and CEO John Barry. “We can consistently offer programs that provide direct benefit, serving more youth, more often. The building also can be open on weekends, evenings, host family events and workshops – creating a sense of community place and purpose.”

Plans for a stand-alone facility were announced in 2011, with a $1 million lead gift from Suncor, a 2.5-acre land donation and $250,000 capital commitment from Commerce City, and a $166,000 U.S. Housing & Urban Development appropriation from U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter (CO-07).

Commerce City also will take a leadership role for the ongoing success of the facility, annually budgeting a portion of the Club’s operating expenses upon opening. OZ Architecture and Howell Construction is architect/general contractor for the project. Zoning and permitting activities are underway to meet the scheduled fall 2015 opening.

There are many opportunities for the community to support the Club and complete fundraising activities. From purchasing a personalized brick, paving the way for the new club or providing a personal or business contribution, all donations will be matched $1 for $1, thanks to Dick and Ze Deane, longtime supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Contributions to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, a 501(c)(3) organization are tax deductible. For more information on how to donate, visit www.commercecitykids.org or call 303-892-9200.