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Renderings for new Boys and Girls Club unveiled

WEST PRICE HILL, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- A new Boys and Girls Club will be built on Glenway Ave. which will help more children in need and change the face of the neighborhood's business district.

Renderings for the 17,000 square foot club were unveiled at the Price Hill Civic Club meeting Tuesday night.  The new facility will include a full-size gym and a parking lot.  The current facility on Glenway in Lower Price Hill is much smaller and has no parking.
"The new facility will enable us to serve many many more. That's really what this is about," said BGCGC President Brent Seelmeyer.

Currently the club helps about 70 kids a year through mentoring programs.  The club has raised $1.75 million for the $4 million project.  And the fundraising effort will get a boost from Major League Baseball.

"Every time Major League Baseball comes to a city to host the All-Star game one of the things that they do is they create a legacy capital project at one of the Boys and Girls Clubs," Seelmeyer said.

The new club will help kids like Robert McMurray.  He's now 18 and just graduated from Oyler High School.  He is the BGCGC Youth of the Year and threw out the first pitch at the Reds game on Tuesday night.

"I've been here since I was in the third grade so about nine years old.  It's a place I've been every afternoon since I was that age," McMurray said.  He added, "It kind of makes me jealous actually because I'm  not going to be able to use it because I'm going to college now but I'll definitely be back to volunteer and everything."

The city of Cincinnati is supporting the project and may donate a piece of property for the project to BGCGC.  Even with help from the city and MLB the club will have to raise money for the project.  If testing on the site goes as planned, ground could be broken on the property soon.  Seelmeyer hopes the new club will open by July 2015.

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