Candidates for citywide office and City Council District 22 will attend an open house at the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens on Thursday for the unveiling of the new redevelopment plans of the Astoria club.
The candidates will view plans for a state of the art five story building, take a tour of the existing facilities and meet with kids attending after school programs. These after school programs are an essential part of how the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens serves its community members, teaching children how to swim, developing technical skills, and inspiring creativity.
The unveiling of plans marks the completion of another step in modernizing the Astoria club. The redevelopment will include 100% affordable housing, a green design, the first planetarium in Queens, an Olympic-sized pool and 1000 seat arena among other amenities.
The new facility will draw children and families from all over Queens, increasing the number of children served from 4,000 to an estimated 15,000. And while the Astoria club is evolving to meet the changing needs of Queens, its mission is still the same: to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.