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Boys & Girls Clubs to sell Meyer property

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro said Tuesday that it was selling the Meyer Boys and Girls Club property on Southeast Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland and “transition club programming to better meet the evolving needs of the children and families they serve.”

The organization’s board agreed to the decision after “a full evaluation was conducted focused on the economic needs of the families and communities currently being served by the organization, as well as identifying where children and families are located today within the Metro area who are in most need of services.”

The Sellwood Boys Club opened at Southeast 13th Avenue and Tenino Street in 1969. In 1989, it moved to the block-size Fred G. Meyer Memorial Boys & Girls Club facility on Southeast Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, in a former Safeway store.

“We have had the extraordinary privilege to serve the Sellwood community for 46 years," said Erin Hubert, chief executive officer of the local Boys and Girls Clubs. "As communities evolve, we need to stay focused on our core mission of serving children with the highest needs with responsible stewardship of our donors' investments, while remaining nimble in our ability to be serving where children and families need us most."

Hubert added that "costs related to the maintenance of the overall facility, coupled with transportation-related expenses, has made a significant impact on overall operations."

Hubert said that the local organization "will move forward with the sale of the Meyer Memorial Club facility, and will continue exploring available options to partner with schools to provide a continuum of service delivery to the Sellwood community. Active conversations are also underway with the North Clackamas School District to identify options to bring Club programming to youth in need in their community for the 2016-17 school year. We assure the families of Meyer Memorial Club members that there will be no interruption in services before the end of the 2015-2016 school year this June."