Work Begins on Family Services of Westchester’s Lanza Family Center for All Ages in White Plains

August 2014–  Board and Staff members of Family Services of Westchester, Inc. (FSW) gathered this morning at 106 North Broadway, the site of the agency’s forthcoming Lanza  Family Center for All Ages, to formally begin construction on this exciting new project.  The Mayor of White Plains, Thomas Roach, and the City’s Planning Commissioner, Elizabeth Cheteney, were also on hand to show their support for the center, which will bring older adults, children and teens together to participate in programs and share experiences.  The facility is named for Patricia Lanza, the late philanthropist whose $1 million challenge grant made FSW’s vision to create an intergenerational facility in lower Westchester possible.  The Lanza Family Center for All Ages is modeled after FSW’s award-winning intergenerational program, My Second Home in Mt. Kisco.  “We are thrilled to take this next step on the road toward an intergenerational program in White Plains so that residents of southern and central Westchester can have access to the recreation, socialization, education and enrichment programs that have been so successful at My Second Home,” said Susan Wayne, President and CEO of FSW.  Nick Wolff, Chairman of the Board of Directors added, “We are so grateful to the North Broadway Neighborhood Association for welcoming FSW to the community.”

The 18,000 square foot building will house an early childhood wing, a youth center and an older adult wing.   Each space will be secure within itself for safety and privacy, but the building will be creatively designed to include dedicated space where the generations can come together to share in events and activities.  Construction of the building, which was designed by Dennis Noskin Architects, will be overseen by AP Construction.  The two-acre site will be landscaped to make maximal use of the property for outdoor activities, featuring plots for intergenerational gardening, outdoor seating areas for older adults, age-appropriate playgrounds and sports facilities for youth.

Lynn Green, FSW’s Director of Special Projects, who led FSW’s capital campaign to meet the $1 million Lanza Family Foundation challenge grant, remarked “It is wonderful that so many generous donors have shared our enthusiasm for this project, and we are so pleased that the City of White Plains has shown their support through the Community Development Block Grant program.”  Construction on the project is scheduled to continue through the fall of 2014 with programming to begin in January 2015.