by Katriane Hill in Architecture on Monday 13 April 2009

This year, the Lower East Side Girls Club (in partnership with high-profile local developer, The Dermont Company) will break ground on a new project: a 30,000 square foot mixed-use arts and community building on the corner of 7th Street and Avenue D. It is the first and only Girls Club Facility in New York City, and will ‘triple the program’s capacity’, according to the Girl’s Club website.

Along with an expanded version of LESGC’s signature enterprise, the Sweet Things Bake shop, a domed planetarium, an ampitheater, 72 mixed income residential apartments, open-air farmer’s market, fair-trade bookstore and gift shop, a library, and training centers will be part of the building’s new architecture. The heart of the project, however, is the science, health, and environmental center that will be available to the community youth.