Muskegon Boys & Girls Club to begin work on $9M clubhouse renovation

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MUSKEGON, MI — A longtime Muskegon community asset will undergo major renovation to grow its capacity in serving area youth.

The former YMCA building along Muskegon Lake is set to be renovated into the Boys & Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore’s clubhouse. The facility at 900 W. Western Avenue will continue to house a fitness center.

A groundbreaking event for the $9 million renovation project is planned for Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 6.

“After visiting the building many times over the years, I am looking forward to the space being reimagined and updated to fit the current needs of our community,” said Monica Turnbull, BGCML chief executive officer. “The Clubhouse will be a welcoming place for all to swim, workout, learn new things, and be their authentic self through the Boys & Girls Club and the Neal Fitness Center.”

The new facility, which has primarily served Muskegon County residents as a fitness center since 1979, was purchased in May 2021 by BGCML to serve as its new Clubhouse.

The Clubhouse will continue to house the Neal Fitness Center, an aquatics center, Bob & Merle Scolnik Boys & Girls Club, Shape Corp Teen Zone and i’move.

Additionally, the building will feature an administration wing sponsored by the Olthoff Family that will offer shared office space for community partners.

Upon completion of the new facility in fall 2023, BGCML officials said in a news release that the goal is to re-establish the facility as Muskegon County’s community center available for anyone interested.

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Renovations of the 45-year-old building will transform the interior and exterior, including an update of the HVAC system and adding a geothermal energy source.

The project will also include multiple universal changing rooms with lockers and showers, fitness studios, a STEM lab, outdoor recreation areas, a youth fishing pier and a commercial kitchen.

Although the $7.5 million campaign goal for the new facility was reached, the pool was not included in the original project budget, according to the news release.

In August, BGCML launched “3 Months to $3 Million,” which covers the cost of renovating the 45-year-old pool, re-doing the gymnasium floor, upgrading the parking lot, and an endowment fund for continued maintenance of the building.

“Raising the funding is incredibly critical, so operations do not have to cease at another time due to the pool shutting down,” Turnbull said. “While BGCML has raised funding via donations and pledges, there is still a significant financial need for support over the next several months and years to complete this shovel-ready project and compile endowment funds for sustainability. It takes gifts of all sizes to make this possible.”

Due to the extent of the project, the building will be shut down throughout construction. All services within the Clubhouse will temporarily relocate to the following locations:

  • Boys & Girls Club services will move to All Shores Wesleyan Church, 1050 W. Southern Ave.
  • Neal Fitness Center group classes and all administrative offices will move to Kingdom Life Church, 1215 Apple Ave.
  • NFC (weights and cardio) and i’move will move to Fresh Coast Alliance Training Center, 1128 Roberts St.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Naming opportunities are available from $1,000 to $2 million, which include a donor pathway brick, specific room dedication and naming rights for spaces throughout the Clubhouse.

To donate to the Clubhouse Capital Campaign, visit clubhousemkg.com.

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