Cashiers-based Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau seeking to expand
>> UPDATE: The Jackson County Planning Department announced Wednesday, Jan. 23 that there will be no Jan. 28 public hearing on whether or not to OK an expansion project for Cashiers-based Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau. No word yet on when or if it will re-scheduled. Check out future editions of the Crossroads Chronicle to find out.
By Dan Brown / Staff
The Cashiers Community Planning Council will conduct a public hearing 5 p.m. this Monday, Jan. 28 at the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center located at 355 Frank Allen Road in Cashiers.
Heading up the council’s agenda is whether or not to OK a conditional use permit for the Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau building to add a 1,600-square-foot modular unit to its present campus located at 42 Community Place in Cashiers behind the Cashiers-Glenville Volunteer Fire Department building, according to Jackson County Planning Director Mike Poston. Cashiers-area residents can attend the hearing and sound off on the proposal.
“Tentatively, (the unit) is planned to go between the parking lot and the pool,” Poston said. “Planning department staff is in the process of preparing their investigation and making sure plans meet the Jackson County and basic Cashiers requirements.”
Boys and Girls Club Board President Allen Tansil said the Boys and Girls Club has outgrown its current home.
“The modular unit … will serve as a temporary location for kids until we can get a permanent building built,” he said. “We are overcrowded in our current location. This modular unit has a nice front porch in front. It’s heated. We hope to move forward on it soon.”
Tansil said the new building process is still in the early stages of development and hopes to have something in place near the Boys and Girls Club’s current location by the start of the new school year in 2021.
On average, about 75 member youngsters show up on a daily basis for their after-school programs, Tansil said.
BGCP was originally created to fill a critical need for afterschool youth development in the southern Jackson County and Highlands areas.
The BGCP offers students offer daily access to a broad range of programs which are all focused in some way on the three Priority Outcome Areas, Tansil said.
“We want to give our member kids the best opportunity for academic success, health and active lifestyles and developing good character and leadership.”
Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Josh Helms said the modular unit comprises phase two of a three-phase expansion project.
“Phase one involved closing in the pavilion,” he said. “Phase two is the addition of the modular unit, and phase three is the eventual building of a permanent building.”
The modular unit would go on …