RENSSELAER, N.Y. (June. 7, 2019) — The Rensselaer Boys & Girls Club celebrated the completion and ribbon cutting of the awarded Community Development Block Grant (“CDBG”) on Friday, June 7 at 3:30 p.m. with an open house that followed from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The CDBG program was administered by the New York State Office of Community Renewal (“OCR”) and awarded $400,000.00 to help the Boys and Girls Club complete significant health and safety improvements to its youth center located at 544 Broadway. Completed renovations were made by a General Contractor selected by the City following a bid process, CDBG regulations and a pre-construction meeting at the club facility in the Spring of 2018. Significant renovations included in the scope of work were, electrical service upgrades, new circuits and electrical panels, roofing replacement to eliminate leaks and remove asbestos-containing materials, exterior fencing to provide a safe activity area for youth, and exterior building cleaning and painting to protect and preserve outer wall surfaces to improve facility appearance.
In addition to the initial renovation work coming in well under budget, the City and club requested additional time in September 2018 to identify upgrades and building improvements that are necessary to improve safe and energy efficient entry and exit from the club which would ultimately bring the building up to current codes. Based on a discussion with the OCR, the scope of work included commercial entry doors to be replaced, along with a reconstructed safe and secure front entry vestibule. The Club was also able to install a swipe system on the front and side door, as well as exterior camera’s in strategic locations making the building far more secure for youth and families.
“The Rensselaer Boys & Girls Club made significant improvements and enhancements to its overall infrastructure over the past year,” said Mayor Richard J. Mooney. “With the money from CDBG, the club is now able to provide a safe and enriching environment for Rensselaer youth.”
“I am pleased to witness these significant improvements to the Rensselaer Boys & Girls Club. I believe that it is important to create an environment where children can safely engage in positive learning experiences. These improvements will be instrumental in helping youth reach their fullest potential,” said Assemblymember John T. McDonald.
“These health and safety improvements will enhance the Boys and Girls Club’s ability to further provide a place to grow and prosper for our young boys and girls,” said Senator Neil Breslin.
In addition to the renovation and completion of the grant, the club also encourages families with school-age children to enroll their children in Camp Adventure — starting July 1 through August 23. The club also announced that they would be offering a new before school and, existing, After School Adventure program beginning on the first day of school in September.
The Rensselaer Boys & Girls Club worked closely with the City of Rensselaer, among other partners such as Regeneron, American Legion Gerald O’Neil Post, Rensselaer City School District, Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Capital Area, and students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to assist the club’s continuation of its most vital work of helping youth reach their full potential.
About the City of Rensselaer. Situated on the Banks of the Hudson, the City of Rensselaer is a small city with a rich history and a wide potential for future growth. With direct access to locations like New York City, Boston, and Montreal, the city is at a crossroads of industry and innovation. Its proximity to the Hudson River Waterfront and breathtaking views of Albany lends itself to an experience that combines metropolitan living with a close-knit sense of community. The 9,400 residents in Rensselaer are increasing every day, with the population growing 21 percent from 2000 to 2010. Rensselaer has cemented its historical legacy as one of the Capital Region’s most important centers of trade and commerce for over 375 years, beginning as a railroad town and transitioning into a modern, professional, and accessible Transit Village. RensselaerNY.gov