STEVENS POINT, WI (WSAU) - The Boys and Girls Club of Portage County might have a new home, if a deal can be made with the city of Stevens Point. Several supporters approached City Council Monday night asking aldermen to consider letting the club use part of the Parks and Recreation building and part of the present Mid-State Technical College building.
Some council members were reluctant to give the plan a green light since the city hasn’t decided if they will move municipal offices from the courthouse to the MSTC building.
Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Kevin Quevillon is pleased the city will examine the possibility, but was hoping for a full commitment from the council. He says they really need a firm agreement with the city, so they can go to their supporters and begin fundraising efforts.
Boys and Girls Club Board Chairman Fritz Scheirl is hoping agreement can be reached with the city, saying it’s a great location right next to P.J. Jacobs Middle School, Goerke Park, ball fields, the municipal pool, and the Willett Arena.
Council members authorized Mayor Andrew Halverson and City Attorney Louis Molepske Sr. to conduct some joint planning with the club.
The Mayor supports having the Boys and Girls Club move to this location, saying it would work well with or without the city moving its offices to Michigan Avenue.
Halverson says the city is about to seek architectural proposals for the current MSTC building as a municipal center and city hall, and they can now go thru that planning simultaneously with the Boys and Girls Club.
Mid-State Technical College will be leaving the Michigan Avenue building in about a year when their new location is completed in the former Penney’s wing of the former Centerpoint Marketplace Mall downtown.