Boys & Girls Club of Austin breaks ground on $14 million facility

AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Boys & Girls Club of the Austin area is breaking ground on a new facility Tuesday afternoon they hope will give kids a place to go to after school and during the summer while parents work. 

The 10-acre property located between Manor Road and Ed Bluestein Boulevard will be the organization's first facility it can call its own. Right now the group shares space in 33 schools in Travis and Bastrop counties.

"This will allow us to control the hours we operate, the programs we offer and give kids a space to call their own," says Misti Potter, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of the Austin area.

The new $14-million Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area Home Club on the Sheth Family Campus will feature baseball, soccer and tennis courts as well a teen center inside with STEM labs, a recording studio and art studio.

Potter says they have identified 8,000 Title 1 kids who live within a two-mile radius of the new location who lack after school care -- and they're hoping to change that.

"For us to be able to bring the club to them and all of the opportunities that we can bring to this population of young people, it really does start to change the landscape of leadership for tomorrow and it's going to make Austin look a little different on this side of the community," Potter said.

The Club offers programs for kids ages 6 to 18 all year round.

The new 32,000 square foot facility is expected to open by the end of the year.

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