Boys and Girls Club plans new $7.7 million facility on Fairfield

This new $7.7 million facility will replace the Boys and Girls Club building at 2609 Fairfield Ave.

The Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne plans to replace its current location at 2609 Fairfield Ave with a $7.7 million, 42,000-square-foot facility.

Construction on the project, which will require approval from the Fort Wayne Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals, would replace the 26,000-square-foot building now on the site and is needed to “accommodate our ever-growing population,” according to the club’s web site. Demolition is expected to begin early next year. Some of the additional space will be devoted to programs specifically for teenagers.

The club served about 3,000 low-income children last year through programs focused on academic success, character-building, citizenship and healthy lifestyles. Michael Kinder and Sons of Fort Wayne will be general contractor for the project. Most of the money needed for construction has already been pledged, but a public fundraising event is scheduled at the Fairfield Avenue facility between 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 11.