MILFORD \u2014 Megan Altomare has dreams of serving 500 children a day at the Milford Boys & Girls Club \u2014 and thanks to the city and federal funding, that is closing in on reality. The Boys & Girls Club of Milford will be expanding into the old St. Gabriel school, a since-closed Catholic elementary school on Tudor Road the city purchased in 2021. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal has announced that $2.5 million in federal funds have been allocated for renovating the building to house the club. \u201cThis was part of the Congressional spending,\u201d Mayor Ben Blake about the funds being received to renovate the old building. \u201cIt was written into the federal budget, and it will help build a world-class facility.\u201d The current Boys & Girls Club building is about 6,500 square feet, and Altomare, the Boys & Girls Club\u2019s executive director, said the building will be 22,000 square feet after the expansion. \u201cRight now, we have two different facilities \u2014 the old recreation center and the school,\u201d she said. \u201cWith the expansion, all of our programs, will be housed in one building.\u201d Blake said the city purchased the school to retain about 10 acres of open space in the densely populated area around Tudor Road. \u201cWe also have the vision to have it continue to be available for the recreation department and also the Boys & Girls Club,\u201d Blake said. Bill Garfield, director of the city\u2019s recreation department, said the project will allow for a world-class Boys & Girls Club in Milford while providing the recreation department with a new gymnasium and space for recreation activities. \u201cThe Milford Recreation Department is looking forward to seeing the project get started and continuing its growing relationship with the Boys & Girls Club,\u201d Garfield said. \u201cWe are excited for them to have the space they need to run the club the right way to help the Boys & Girls in the community,\u201d he added. \u201cAt the same time, the Recreation Department is excited about the additional gym space for our basketball leagues and additional recreation activities. Both the state and city have stepped up to create a wonderful place for the community\u2019s youth.\u201d Currently the Boys & Girls Club offers various programs, but with the expansion, Altomare said the club will have a dedicated STEM facility, arts and crafts room, a tech center, and a new gymnasium. \u201cRight now, we serve 630 kids, and we have another 100 on the wait list,\u201d said Altomare. \u201cWith the expansion, we can serve more kids and expand beyond Milford.\u201d The goal for Altomare is to serve about 1,000 children a year and somewhere between 400 and 500 children a day. \u201cRight now, we serve about 200 kids a day. We will double that number once the expansion is completed,\u201d she said.