Boys & Girls Club seeks 2nd federal grant for building purchase

LACONIA — The Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region has applied for a second $250,000 grant from the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority which will be applied toward the acquisition of the former St. James Episcopal Church on North Main Street where the club now makes its home.
The Belknap County Commission held a public hearing on the request Wednesday morning and voted unanimously to sponsor the request, which will be forwarded to the state in time for consideration in the next round of CDBG funding. The application deadline is January 27.
The Boys and Girls Club received a $250,000 grant last November from the authority for the same project.
That same month it launched a capital campaign to raise $2.4 million in funds to complete the purchase and undertake the renovation of the property. Last March, the Vestry of the church accepted the club's offer to purchase the land and buildings for a reported price of $700,000. The property provides 14,000-square-feet of space between the ground floor and half-basement and sits on a 1.3-acre lot.
Vandalism at the property in early December forced the temporary closing and relocation of some of the programs offered at the club's property until repairs can be completed.