McClure Multi-Generational Center |
construction completed in March 1999, the McClure Multi-Generational
Center brings together two of Burlington’s most respected non-profit
groups -- The Champlain Senior Center and the Burlington Children’s
Space -- in a new facility that allows the two programs to meet increasing
needs for child care and senior services in a dramatically improved
environment. By co-locating
and sharing common areas, equipment and some programming, the two agencies
also will be realizing significant efficiencies and long-term cost
Champlain Senior Center provides nutritional, educational, social and
recreational services to people 60 years of age and older, and serves as a
resource for information on aging and aging services for older adults,
their families and the community. The
Burlington Children’s Space is a licensed, nationally-accredited,
non-profit child care center dedicated to providing affordable,
high-quality child care to all families, regardless of income.
The children, ages six weeks to 12 years, come from economically,
culturally, and developmentally diverse families.
At the suggestion of the City’s Community and Economic
Development Office, these two organizations formed what is considered a
Center provides a first-class facility for each organization while
creating cost savings in construction through shared amenities such as a
library computer center, conference space and health rooms. Kitchen facilities are shared, with joint efforts to provide
healthy meals to program participants.
A creative outdoor and play space allows for, and encourages,
inter-generational activity. Sharing
picnic lunches, gardening plots and recreational activities will occur
naturally. Other resources,
such as a staff training in CPR, safety, stress management and health,
also will be offered jointly.
Center was developed by the Burlington Community Land Trust as one of the
last steps in a major redevelopment of what was formerly a seriously
blighted area. CDBG funding
served as the risk capital for the environmental and legal work that was
needed to secure the early, critical sources of funding.
With $75,000 from CDBG, project developers were able to launch a
capital campaign and secure other public and private funding in the amount
of $2,085,000 for construction of the facility.