Legislation approving a no-cost lease of unused space at Joy Park Community Center to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Reserve was passed by Council Monday.
The Boys and Girls Clubs agreed to invest $325,000 in facility upgrades, equipment and furnishings in exchange for the 10-year lease. The lion's share of the investment will come from a $240,000 gift from the LeBron James Family Foundation.
"This new Boys and Girls Clubs center will serve more than 125 children who live in the surrounding area," said Ward 5 Councilman Ken Jones, who sponsored the legislation. "It is a good partnership for the city, and we look forward to many years of success with the program."
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Reserve will provide a safe after-school haven for children at the center. Homework help, art, music, games and a technology lab will be available to children. Renovations are expected to be completed this summer and the center to be open for the 2011-12 school year.
City partners to solve "cold case" files
Council also gave the okay Monday for the city to partner with the Summit County Sheriff's Department and Youngstown Police Department to jointly apply for a federal grant to help solve "cold case" files when DNA evidence exists. The grant would be used to pay detectives overtime to work on cold cases, allowing them to perform their normal work duties during their regular shift hours.