Boys & Girls Club of Dane County hopes to open Sun Prairie location within the year

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (WMTV) -- The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County has purchased a location in Sun Prairie, which they hope to open by the end of the year.

The Club bought the Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church property on Windsor Street, and Club president and CEO Michael Johnson said it will be open to the community by 2020.

"I'm going to probably be moving my office over there over the next six to seven months, engaging people in Sun Prairie," Johnson said.

He said the basement level will be the daycare, which will serve 75 kids a day. He said the location also has two large kitchens, as well as a performing arts room and extra spaces for after school programs and tutoring. He hopes the location will serve 100 to 150 kids per day.

"There's a house that we bought that's right next to the church, so we're going to determine how we utilize that space," Johnson said. "There's a huge playground right behind there, it is a phenomenal, phenomenal facility. And it was about a $1.2 million project."

Johnson said that now, what the location needs is volunteers, and he called it one of the biggest projects for the Club this year.

"We need people that can help us with paint, we need people that can help us with flooring, we're going to have to do a lot of cosmetic work in that building," he said.

Johnson said they are currently in the final stages of hiring a full time club director for that location. He said the site will employ about 35 people, with two to three full time positions as well as part time positions.

Johnson said that establishing a Boys & Girls Club location in Sun Prairie has been years in the making.

"When I left Madison seven months ago, one of the things I said I regretted before I left was not being able to get the Sun Prairie project done," Johnson said. "So to be able to come back to this community and now to finish that up, I can't wait."