Catholic Youth Center closes its building due to physical deterioration
PITTSFIELD – The Board of Directors of the Catholic Youth Center (CYC), here, has announced that its headquarters at 26 Melville St. will no longer be used for programming due to the building’s deteriorated condition.
Local media reports today indicate that the board of directors is seeking alternate locations in which to carry out its sports programs, including basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and lacrosse, which last year served more than 900 youths.
The CYC building, which is more than a century old, is in need of roof repairs, contains asbestos and has been plagued by flooding. It is owned by the Diocese of Springfield, which recently engaged an architectural consultant to assess the property.
“The diocese and CYC Board have long recognized that, given the age of the Melville Street building, there were many and growing structural needs,” diocese spokesman Mark E. Dupont told iobserve. “The CYC board and their volunteers have done a great job over the years in trying to address the various needs but age simply caught up and our analysis puts the necessary repairs beyond practicality.
“We are grateful that the board is focused on trying to keep some of the programs going in new sites,” Dupont said.
An article posted on the website of The Berkshire Eagle states that the CYC offices at 26 Melville St. will continue to be used by staff for the time being and scheduled sports sign-ups will be held in the building’s lobby.