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Much has changed in the six decades since the Boys and Girls Club of Oceanside opened its doors in 1952. Sadly, the club experienced little change over those years and even its current home since the '70s gradually deteriorated into a woeful state of dilapidation.

But a $650,000 renovation project is under way and will totally refurbish the facility, which serves more than 1,400 children (ages 5-18) daily, many of whom come from disadvantaged circumstances. The projected completion date is May 20, according to Tammy Walz, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Oceanside.

Funding the project is a loan from First Citizens Bank. “It's only for seven years, because the board has promised to go out to the community and raise the money” Walz said. “So, it's really a face-to-face campaign that we're looking at engaging in and we're selling room dedications anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000, depending on which room or capacity.”

Erickson-Hall Construction is the contractor and the company has put out three bids for every subcontractor, Walz said. The firm has been the contractor on several projects throughout the region, including the San Diego Children's Museum, Temecula Community Center and many schools.

The project's architect is John Groth of Groth Architects Inc., a longtime architectural firm in Oceanside whose projects include the Rancho Del Oro Commerce Center II and a new addition to the gymnasium at Oceanside High School.

Located at 401 Country Club Lane in Oceanside, the Boys and Girls Club will soon boast an exterior makeover and an updated infrastructure, as well as a new lobby/reception area and classrooms. Walz said that among the special facilities planned for youths at the club are a career-planning center, a games/media room, nutritional center and a technology resource center.

-Lovitt is a La Jolla-based freelance writer.

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