Monday, January 11, 2010

District buys Columbia Heights Boys and Girls Club

After the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington faced financial difficulties and considered closing locations, the city stepped in and purchased three clubs, including the Loughran Clubhouse at 14th and Clifton. The city's Department of Parks and Recreation will manage though, and the Boys and Girls Club will have programs there.

Before the purchase, the club had a $7 million deficit and was facing closing 4 locations, selling one, and laying off 1/3 of their staff. With the agreement, they will move their headquarters to the District from Silver Spring.

The 14th Street location has had some violence before, but keeping it open has to be better than the alternative.

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