The Chandler City Council has approved an amended 10-year lease agreement with the Chandler Compadres Branch of the Boys and Girls Club of the Valley, which paves the way for renovations of the facility.
The club at 300 E. Chandler Blvd. is a city facility, and the local government has provided human services funding to the organization for 28 years, according to a release.
The buildings were originally purchased by the city in 1995 and leased to the club for the organization to provide youth ages 5-18 with a variety of services. Then in late 2009, the buildings were demolished to build a new facility using $8.5 million from a 2007 bond allocation.
“It’s now time for another investment in the facility to continue providing quality services to Chandler youth,” city officials said in the release.
The city has budgeted approximately $1.3 million toward renovations this fiscal year that will include a teen center, a new front lobby and conference room with enhanced safety features and a new game room.
In addition, the nonprofit Chandler Compadres has donated $1 million toward afterschool transportation services for youth.
The amended lease agreement gives the city priority access to the premises, including the gymnasium and athletic fields during non-business hours when not in use by the Boys and Girls Club, the release stated.
The Boys and Girls Club will continue “to provide outreach and marketing to promote their programs to Chandler residents, students and the youth of those working within the city limits,” according to the release.
Officials said the focus of the outreach will be the community in need, residents from the Galveston neighborhood, Title I schools and Chandler’s public housing residents.
The Club’s staff also will be required to participate in events and initiatives impacting the surrounding community, such as back-to-school and holiday drives, according to the agreement.