MILFORD >> Boys & Girls Village administrative and office staff have moved temporarily into office space next door to their complex at 528 Wheeler’s Farms Road.

The move is to clear the way for construction of a 15,000-square-foot building to house offices and programs.

“There will be a beautiful building there,” said Dr. Steven Kant, a psychiatrist and chief executive officer and president of Boys & Girls Village.

The work is expected to be completed in late spring or early summer 2018. It is needed because of tremendous growth that has seen the agency double in the last four or so years, Kant said.

Boys & Girls Village, which has a partnership with the state Department of Children and Families, serves at-risk youths from Fairfield and New Haven counties.

When founded, the organization housed at-risk boys, but today serves both sexes. As many as 400 children are in care on a given day.

With an emphasis on keeping kids who receive services in their home communities, only 28 are living there, Kant said.

The office and program space has been in a converted farmhouse on the front of the property that has add-ons, including modular trailers that for years were considered “temporary.”

The offices have moved to Crown Corporate Park.

As the project moves along, the campus school will be expanded, using a DCF grant for $2 million, Kant said.

The new office and program space was made possible through a $2.16 million state grant and matching funds from Boys & Girls Village, Kant said. It is hoped for capital donations to cover the cost, he said.

The agency, entering its 75th year, “provides education, vocational training, foster care and adoptive services, and specialized mental health care to at-risk kids in Connecticut,” according to its literature.

Arnold Gold — New Haven Register

From left, Steven Kant, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Village, watches Don Maitland and Kishon Phillip of Collegian Movers move furniture into interim office space.