Boys and Girls Club

Ferguson Breaks Ground on $12 million Youth Center

September 13, 2018 - 7:52 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - They'll break ground later this morning on a new $12 million teen center in Ferguson.

The project is being undertaken by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis. President Dr. Flint Fowler says the center on West Florissant will offer 27,000 square feet of space including a gym, an outdoor garden, an auditorium, a teen lounge, maker space with 3D printers and a lot more.

“When you survey young people and ask ‘what do you want to do with your leisure time,’ they’re out of school; they want a safe place to hang out. We from history that those places used to be the mall or the Delmar Loop in University City, and their interests often clashed with the owners and operators of businesses and things like that,” he says.

Fowler says the center is an off-shoot of efforts to recover from the Michael Brown shooting and the subsequent riots of four years ago.

“After the shooting f Michael Brown in 2014, we began to survey the community and we began to notice there was a fairly large gap in youth services in certain parts of North County, particularly in Dellwood, Ferguson and Florissant,” he says.

It should be ready to open about a year from now.