The Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida is working with Jacksonville University to build a new facility in Arlington.
Plans call for the 20 thousand square foot facility to be built on a four acre parcel of land across from the JU campus.
The club will serve kids 12 to 18 years old, which University President Tim Cost said will dovetail perfectly with the school’s mission.
“Our faculty can walk over there, our students can go over there. We have an entire education department that can engage there,” said Cost.
Plans call for the new club to serve approximately 100 teenagers.
“So you’re into the kind of programmatic world of a university, working with a boys and girls club. So we think we’re charting new territory,” Cost added.
Organizers said they’ve already raised $1 million of the $2.5 million the new boys and girls club will cost.
It’s expected to open in 2019.