The Bloomington Normal Boys and Girls Club will soon be expanding. The CEO went before the Bloomington city council tonight to ask for 3.25 acres of land for a new facility on the eastern side of Sunny Side Park.
He says the current building is too small for the amount of kids and teens being served currently. Also the building is a bit rundown and the new facility would allow the kids to feel proud of being a part of the program.
“We know that there is a greater need in our community to be able to serve more youth,” said CEO Tony Morstatter. “Not only is there a need to serve more but potentially a new building in itself.”
Several people went up to the council during public comment and described how the club has changed them personally through being a member or times they volunteered. Morstatter said in the past five years the kids and teens they served have more than doubled. He said being able to provide a safe haven for the less fortunate in the community is one of the best things he’s enjoyed since taking the job a year ago.
The council voted unanimously to approve the new land and Morstatter says the new building could be up within the next three years.