Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne starts demolition of facility

Wednesday was demolition day at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne facility on Fairfield Avenue.

Posted: Feb. 14, 2018 10:22 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Wednesday was demolition day at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne facility on Fairfield Avenue.

"It's amazing the thousands of kids we've been about to touch and the many more we'll be able to touch in a different way. It's exciting, very exciting," said Founder Rudy Mahara.

"This is kind of sad to me because there's so many memories but it's good for us, because more people can join and it's going to be larger," said club member Jadden Yoder.

The building is 26,000 square feet, but it will be replaced by a 2.3 acre campus and a 42,000 square foot building.

"It actually means a lot to me because it's going to expand and grow and I'd love to see them grow and expand," said club member Myalee Hudson.

President and CEO Joe Jordan says he wants to make the second floor a focus for the teens.

"We're going to make it a really cool space that they're going to want to come to. When they come to it we're going to give them meaningful programming that's going to lead them to meaningful career paths."

Some of the school age students say they'll miss the old building but look forward to meeting new club members.

"I'm looking forward to meeting new friends, like making new friends and helping other people with a lot of things like the littler kids," said Yoder.

The building is expected to be finished in December.

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