JCC on the Hudson Breaks Ground on New Campus in Tarrytown
|by Rick Pezzullo|
Twenty years after first settling in Tarrytown on South Broadway, the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on the Hudson broke ground October 8 on a new campus at the same location that will quadruple the size of the current facility.
The state-of-the-art new home, which will be called Harold and Elaine Shames JCC on the Hudson, will be the first JCC constructed in Westchester County in 40 years. It is expected to be completed by spring 2017.
“It’s a day we waited for a long time. We’re finally doing it,” said Susan Tolchin, a member of the JCC on the Hudson Board of Governors who led the festivities that attracted local elected dignitaries Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, state Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, state Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti, Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner and Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell.
“The new JCC campus will be for the entire community and the entire community is welcomed,” Tolchin said. “We would not be here today without the assistance of the Village of Tarrytown.”
The current JCC is 17,600 square feet on 1.1-acre, serving between 3,000 to 3,500 people annually. The new JCC will be 75,000 square feet on 6.6 acres and is expected to serve between 10,000 to 12,000 people annually. It will also create 200 new jobs.
“It really is a thrill to have this facility in our community,” Fixell said. “It’s just a wonderful thing to be a host of this. It’s a rare honor. It really is an amazing thing.”
In 2009, the JCC acquired the former GM Training facility next door that enabled the non-profit organization to expand.
“This is truly a wonderful day,” said Michael Maron, chairman of the JCC on the Hudson Board of Governors for the last six years. “Since 1995 the dream of a full service JCC has been a vision of the Board of Governors.”
The bigger and better JCC on the Hudson will add two indoor swimming pools; a 6,000-square-foot fitness center; auditorium; full-size gymnasium; youth lounge; café; and expanded child care, adult and special needs programming.