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Boys and Girls Club in Elkhart nearing completion

Boys and Girls Club in Elkhart// WSBT 22

Work is nearing completion on a permanent home for a Boys and Girls Club in Elkhart.

It's being built alongside Beardsley Elementary School at a cost of $5.5-million.

The first phase of the project is already done. Students are already using the large gymnasium.

Work is wrapping up on a separate phase that will provide space for a variety of club-related activities.

When completed it will be the only free standing Boys and Girls Club in Elkhart.

“Prior to the construction of this space, we were sharing space in several of our buildings, Osolo, Beardsley, Northside, with Boys and Girls Club-- but they were using space that was constructed for school use,” said Tony Gianesi.

The school system partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart for the project.

“We welcome the partnership, we really look forward to the ability of students not only using it during the day with the school, but also with the Boys and Girls Club programs that are dedicated here for use at night,” said Gianesi.

“It’s a space that we share together, so for example during the school day, our students will be able to use of some of the Boys and Girls spaces for different things that we have. It is a win-win situation,” said Principal Val Priller.

In all, the project gives them an additional 18,000 square feet of space. That includes 8,000 for the new gymnasium and an additional 6,000 square feet of space that was renovated.

“We're just thrilled because we see this space as a community hub, thrilled about some of the opportunities that we can provide now, with this new space,” said Priller.

They hope the project will be done by the end of October with a grand opening later on.

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