Sultan Boys & Girls Club plans to rebuild after fire

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by JOHN LANGELER / KING 5 News

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Posted on December 24, 2013 at 7:17 PM

SULTAN -- Snohomish County's branch of the Boys and Girls Club hopes to rebuild its Sultan facility, three years after it burned down on Christmas Eve.

Staff have plans for a $2 million, 18,000 square-foot facility, funded mostly by government grants and insurance money.

"It'll be amazing," said Marci Volmer from Boys and Girls Club, "The kids deserve it.  The community deserves it.  The staff deserves it."

Since the fire, the club has still operated in Sultan by sharing space with Volunteers of America.  VoA owns the land the new building would be built on as well.

Plans for the new Boys and Girls Club facility include a gym, a game room and space for a variety of programs.

However, it would also likely force a family renting a home from the VoA to move.

"If I have to move, I have to move," said Pedro Alonso, who lives in the house with his wife and three children.

Two years ago, they were first informed they might have to move to make way for the Boys and Girls Club.  Now, they are preparing for what they expect will be their last Christmas inside.

"At least it's for a good cause," continued Alonso.

The family will get assistance if forced to move. The Boys and Girls Club will pay for their resettlement and the Volunteers of America will help pay any rent difference for up to 60 months.

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