The former clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck is finally coming down after its destruction by fire in November 2018. “It’s been a long wait.” says Board of Directors member Ed Fuehrer who has been overseeing architect Randall Kip’s design of BGCNN’s new facility since its inception. “The demolition process may take a month but at the end of that period we will be ready to begin construction of a dazzling building that will delight our members and their families.”
Over 50 club members wearing protective hard hats, along with staff, and board members gathered in late June for a ceremony to mark the imminent start of the demolition process and eventual construction of the new building. The ceremony was led by Reverend David Cromer of Corrotoman Baptist Church, and Reverend Dr. Linwood Blizzard of Macedonia Baptist Church in Heathsville who offered inspiring remarks directed at the youth present about the significance of this event and the promise of their new after-school home.
One more person who is especially excited about this project is Keith Meberg, lead architectural designer at Randall Kipp Architecture, who says, “We are thrilled to work with the Boys & Girls Club as we envision a new home for the Club that will feature vibrant, open spaces that foster community and a sense of belonging; breakout rooms for art, STEM, and technology; quiet spaces that encourage interaction between mentors and youth, and expanded outdoor green spaces for exercise and play. We aim to deliver these spaces in a safe and secure facility that will be constructed with energy-efficient building methods and materials.”
The Building Great Futures Capital Campaign, initiated in 2017 to provide funding for this project, has now passed the 94% mark towards its goal of $2.6 million. In this final phase of the campaign the BGCNN Board of Directors is looking to its Northern Neck community neighbors to help match funding from the River Counties Community Foundation before the beginning of construction, which is anticipated for early September.
Donations flagged for the Building Great Futures Capital Campaign (BGFC) may be mailed to BGCNN, P.O. Box 564, Kilmarnock 22482 or made online at BGCNN.org.
Currently, the Boys & Girls Club meets at First Baptist Church in Howland.
After a fire late last year, the clubhouse at the Northern Neck Boys Girls Club
is finally being demolished.