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TELL US: Where Should the Boys & Girls Club Move?

If had the authority to decide or even if you have some realistic suggestions, how would you answer this question?

Earlier this week the announced that informed the organization the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, owner of the Hawthorne Boulevard building where the Club resides,

The lease ends in Aug. 2013.

Executive Director Joanne Scott

We're curious to know what you think about possible future homes for the organization 

What's the best place in Salem for the Boys & Girl's Club?

If you have dream locations, we want to know. If you're ideas are realistic, we also want to know. Let us know what you think in the comments.

If you have a specific space in mind, you can also get in touch with us, and we will connect you with the appropriate people.

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windpower August 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Nowhere .It should stay there .
chester suchecki August 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM
how about building a new clubhouse on the empty lot on derby st. or even better use some of the new buildings the archdiocese is putting up on lafeyette st. after all they are the ones that booted them out of the immaculate conception school building. a perfect use for the church.
LindyLou August 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM
What about the school buiding at St James parish on Federal st? I am not sure if that is still in use. They need a large space
Witch City Runner August 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM
There seems to be a fair amount of space available within Shetland Park. Spaces there have been converted into various uses from businesses to giant gym complexes to state agencies. It's close to the current Boys & Girls Club location also.
gene August 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM
St. Johns school in downtown Salem is empty. And it has a gym that St James doesn't
gene August 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM
it can't
Leo Jodoin August 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM
The Salem District court comes to my mind??
Kim August 24, 2012 at 01:00 PM
On St. Peter Street, there is an old gym building recently used to host a concert (In May - Stu Ginsburg leases it maybe???) It's a school building....is that St. John's that Gene (above) is referring to? Not sure how much work is needed, but it can't be much worse than the sad building they are in now. The Immaculate building hasn't been touched since I attended school there in the 1970's.....and if it HAS been updated, it doesn't show!
john August 24, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Winter Island or Camp Naumkeg.
robert dooley August 24, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I think St. Johns is a Great location with a little updates It would be better and is still central for all the kids and parents....
Gloria Jemery August 24, 2012 at 06:50 PM
St johns sounds like the best place. But is that also owned by the diocese? If so, how long before they're tossed out of there? It IS a perfect location though.
Mary August 24, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Winter Island or Springs Pond so can do more outdoor/green activities
Nancy August 24, 2012 at 09:52 PM
After having the opportunity to see a new facility like the one for Girls Inc in Lynn I wonder how Salem could find a way for a new construction. The program is so much more than structured supervised after school care or summer camp. I don't feel the community as a whole has a true picture of what happens there. Dozens of programs and numerous volunteers giving time and talent are provided all year long. The existing structure old as it is houses computer rooms, art rooms, a dance studio, a golf room, an auditorium, cooking faculties and much more. A gym in only one of the most basic spaces. A new building would need to accommodate and foster growth for all of the educational, arts and athletic programs. Not to mention the academic spaces! I hope the community is able to rally around the Boys and Girls Club and it to continue its legacy.
Heidi August 24, 2012 at 09:55 PM
St John's or St. Joseph's school buildings
Beth O'Grady August 25, 2012 at 09:47 AM
You know your boys & girls clubs Nancy! There are so many more structured activities, programs and live skill classes going on there than people realize, and at a membership of just $10 a year the Club needs the support of the community to continue to serve its family and children. It is one of the oldest youth programs in the United States and I hope Salem recognizes the important role it has played for so many generations of famlies.
Cwheels August 26, 2012 at 04:25 PM
It would be nice to see the archdiocese step up here. I'm sure they have a team of Realtors and attorneys on staff that could make finding a new home for the club a breeze. It seems to me they could definitely improve their image by helping an organization that is truly dedicated to serving our community.
Ben August 27, 2012 at 01:54 AM
This should be built on Jefferson Avenue. First, there is plenty of available space. Second, it is nearby both the middle school and the high school. Third, this is a resonably centralized location in Salem.
Ben August 27, 2012 at 01:58 AM
I think it should be more centralized than Winter Island. We can find a good location that thousands of kids will be capable of safely walking within a reasonable distance.
cindy August 27, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I'd consider the buildings already mentioned, or the House of Seven Gables school building- which used to hold afterschool activities and preschool. It is also a great space that is under utilized and fairly central with many of the spaces that the club would need already there. Partnering with the Salem Y or using an existing school in the afternoons would also be a smart option, even if it were while planning for a new facility.
Jenny Dibble August 28, 2012 at 02:11 PM
The Linsky lot on Jefferson Ave. Teens can walk to the club on their way home from school. Lots of parking for parent pickup time. On bus route for city transportation to help with drop offs.
Kathy Warshaver September 18, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Hi Nancy, I agree!!! A new building down on Derby St at the vacant lot would be a perfect location. Central location and in the heart of the city.You know the place...where they set up the "carnival" once a year. Kathy

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