City of Scranton OECD Makes Building Renovations Possible for The Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA


Pictured are (l-r): Tom Preambo, City of Scranton OECD deputy director, William Cartwright, City of Scranton mayor; Tricia DiBiasi Thomas, Club executive director; and Chris Police, Highland Associates, architectural designer.

Scranton – The City of Scranton’s Office of Economic and Community development (OECD) awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania with a $180,000 grant to provide first floor interior renovations to the Club. Highland Associates provided architecture plans in-kind. “The City of Scranton is very proud of the good work that the Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA provides to the youth of our community. We are grateful and honored to be able to support their mission by providing the CDBG funding for this project,” said Tom Preambo, OECD Deputy Director, City of Scranton. The first floor interior of the Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA’s Scranton facility was constructed in 1973 and is currently at the end of its useful life. It is in very poor condition and many aspects is not safe.

The project includes removal of existing vinyl tile and replacing it with VCT and new 4-inch resilient base; painting of the interior walls, including doors on the first floor; and millwork. We will also replace the existing lighting fixtures with new energy efficient light fixtures.

According to Club Executive Director Tricia DiBiasi Thomas, “On behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA, I would like to thank the City of Scranton, OECD, and Highland Associates for all their generous time, talent and efforts for this project. We always have dreamed of a new and improved building, and this is more than we could ever wish for. Our Club members will be so proud.”