BGV in Milford gets OK for new building
MILFORD >> Boys & Girls Village has gotten approval to construct a program building and expand the Charles F. Hayden School on its Wheeler’s Farms Road campus.
BGV provides behavioral health treatment, permanency planning, and educational services to Connecticut’s most vulnerable youths and their families.
The city Planning and Zoning Board unanimously OK’d the nonprofit’s request at a recent meeting.
The work is scheduled to be done in phases, beginning this spring, and is expected to be completed in 2018.
The 15,000 square-foot facility will allow BGV to expand the programs and services, including:
• A 16-bed children’s psychiatric care unit (Kids INN).
• A 12-bed residential treatment program for boys (Safe Haven.
• In-home treatment and family reunification programs, and the agency’s administrative offices.
The new building will replace the outdated, original farmhouse and a series of temporary buildings that have been used for decades.
Those buildings will be razed and staff is being relocated to allow BGV’s programs to operate without interruption during the construction.
The 8,300 square-foot expansion of the Upper School will accommodate the recent addition of the 11th and 12th grades, which allows BGV to offer a continuum of educational services to its students.
It will include a larger student center and gymnasium, more classroom space, and a full cafeteria.
“Boys & Girls Village has experienced unprecedented growth over the past five years; we have almost doubled in size in terms of our school, our staff, and the programs we offer,” said Dr. Steven M. Kant, president and CEO of BGV.
“This new facility and a larger school will allow us to connect a greater number of children and families in Connecticut to the valuable care and support our agency offers.”
The construction will be funded, in part, by a $2.16 Million grant awarded last spring through the state Nonprofit Grant Program. BGV will match that grant, drawing on capital support from its donors. A $2 million grant from the state Department of Children and Families will fund the Hayden School expansion.