Goodman Community Center invites residents to discuss expansion

Goodman Community Center invites residents to discuss expansion

Goodman Community Center is moving forward with expansion plans and held a community meeting for feedback Wednesday.

Expansion plans started after a space study found the center needed to expand its existing facilities by 13,000 square feet just to accommodate its current programming. Annually the center serves over 30,000 community members of all ages.

The new space will be constructed at the site of a vacant metal foundry, Madison Brass Works, that the center purchased in December. The historical parts of the building, located across the street from the existing space, will be renovated and a two-story building will replace the outdated cement portion.

Becky Steinhoff, executive director of the community center, said the number of participants at Goodman “has just exploded.”

“There is just a lot of basic need,” Steinhoff said. “Need for quality child care, need for basic meal and food support and keeping older adults active and engaged.”

Plans for the additional building across the street from the center include new kitchen and teen areas. Staff offices will move into the new building to free up classroom space in the existing building.

At this time some classes are being held in the gym, which Steinhoff said is not conducive to learning due to the noise level. It also ties up the gym, she said, making it unavailable for after-school activities.

The additional teen spaces will allow for staff to better serve the individual needs of students in different age groups, rather than having a large range of ages fit into one space. The staff will be starting a youth-adult partnership program to give youth a voice in the programming development based on their needs.

Goodman Center staff hope to get City Council approval for the updates in May and want to start construction this summer.

They would like to open the center in the summer of 2018 and estimate the entire project will take two years to complete.