Dutchess youth center funding plans to be unveiled

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Former Poughkeepsie YMCA

POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro will present plans for a $25 million investment in a new, state-of-the-art Youth Opportunity Center in the City of Poughkeepsie to the County Legislature’s Public Works Committee on Thursday, July 8.  Molinaro’s plan calls for the authorization to spend $10 million of American Recovery Plan (ARP) money to move the project forward.

The center, to be constructed at the former YMCA site on Montgomery Street, will be a multi-use facility that focuses on recreational, educational, and healthy opportunities – both physical and mental – for youth and also will be the home of the county’s Path to Promise initiative that employs strategic ways to ensure all young people in the county, from birth through employment, have the assets they need to achieve their full potential as they grow into young adults. 

Three resolutions will be presented to lawmakers on Thursday. One will authorize Molinaro to finalize the purchase of the parcel from the City of Poughkeepsie. One is for the appropriation of $10 million in ARP funds for demolition and design of the new facility and the third is for an environmental review. 

The breakdown of ARP funds includes $5.5 million for demolition, $3 million for design and construction management, and $1.5 million towards construction costs. When the design phase is completed, Molinaro will ask the legislature to bond $15 million towards the construction of the center, for a $25 million total investment of county dollars.

“We are going to transform the way we serve Dutchess County children and families. Our community coalition and this state-of-the-art youth empowerment center is a critical part of how we confront early intervention, adolescent mental health, and overall youth services – creating new partnerships, centralized and more efficient efforts, and the ability to “export” services and success from here to every corner of Dutchess County,” Molinaro told Mid-Hudson News.