MOUNT MORRIS – A Mount Morris couple and parents of four are setting their hearts and hands to reopening the old youth center attached to the fire hall on Murray Street.
Kelly and Josh Bacon first entered the youth center just three weeks ago, but say their vision instantly clicked into place. The building could reopen as a church youth group and later expand to after school activities for all local kids.
“It would be Bible studies and just kids getting together to encourage each other and worship, music type activities,” said Kelly Bacon. “Then we’d also like to go even beyond a church youth group to community things. Some things we’ve talked about are having open tutoring hours and we’ve already had teachers say ‘I’d volunteer to help with that.'”
Josh Bacon made the first public announcement of the idea at Monday night’s Mount Morris Village Board meeting. Locals remember that the building was constructed in the early 1900’s and being a downtown youth center since the 1950’s. Many remember going to the youth center as kids but it closed and sat dormant for at least the past five years.
“Just the idea has spurred a lot of excitement,” said Josh Bacon. “People who grew up using this facility when they were children are super excited about it. We’ve got offers from the PBA, from the fire departments, from local businesses that they’d chip in labor for however long it takes to get the place fixed up so we’re looking forward to partnering with the community to see the place revitalized.”
The Bacons will soon submit a formal written proposal to the Mount Morris Village Board, who gave their verbal approval for the project on Monday.