Variety Boys and Girls Club to present expansion plans on Thursday

Variety_Expansion_3Variety Boys and Girls Club, located at 21-12 30th Road, will present its plans for expansion before Community Board 1 on Thursday May 24 at 6:30 p.m.

The public hearing will be at the Ravenswood Community Center, located at 35-40 21st Street.

The 63-year-old youth services organization is seeking to expand to a state-of-the-art, five-story facility. The new building would have brand new amenities and features such as:

  • A 400-seat shared education space
  • 50 spots for day care/child care
  • An 80-seat Universal Pre-Kindergarten space
  • Tech-incubator space for community-based nonprofits
  • 65-seat planetarium
  • 175-year community theater
  • Fully-equipped video, audio and film production room
  • STEAM research center
  • 250-seat event center and conference space
  • Working kitchen with pizza ovens and bakery equipment
  • 3,000 square feet of retail
  • Rooftop garden with sustainable energy learning
  • 1,000-square-foot BioBus base and research center
  • Entrepreneurial Makerspace
  • Double-sized gym and new pool

To help pay for the new $80 million facility, Variety will work with a developer to build a 14-story, 112-unit residential building on its property. Thirty percent of those units will be affordable.

But Variety’s team says it’ll be worth having a new youth and community center that will serve the Astoria and Long Island City communities for generations.

Read more about Variety’s expansion proposal here.


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