New Markets Tax Credits Invested into Muskegon Community Clubhouse Project 

Michigan Community Capital supports Boys & Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore facility renovation and expansion. 

March 4, 2024 

LANSING, Mich. – Boys & Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore (BGCML) is redeveloping and expanding a long-time fitness center into a community center called the Clubhouse MKG with $5 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocation from Michigan Community Capital (MCC). 

The project includes construction of a 10,546-square-foot addition, and the renovation of the aging and fire-damaged 53,000-square-foot fitness center. Serving as a fitness center since 1979, the Clubhouse MKG project will re-establish the 44-year-old building as Muskegon County’s community center and will serve low-income community residents. The Clubhouse MKG will continue to house the Neal Fitness Center, an aquatics center, Boys & Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore, Shape Corp Teen Zone, and i’move Physical Therapy. Once the $10.9-million project is complete, the building will also feature an administration wing with shared office space for BGCML staff and other mission-aligned nonprofits such as Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

The renovation will allow BGCML to expand and enhance its full suite of year-round, out-of-school programs that serve low-income Muskegon County youth ages 6 to 18. Youth programming spans three key areas: 

  • Academics: Academic enrichment programming focused on college and career readiness, financial management, STEM learning and exploration, arts, drama, storytelling, and music. 
  • Character and Leadership: Leadership and service opportunities for teens focused on academic success, career prep, and community service. 
  • Healthy Lifestyles: Dynamic wellness programs focused on health education for girls ages 8-17 and healthy activities for boys ages 11-14. 

To support these programs, the Clubhouse MKG will include recreation and classroom space, an art studio, a STEM lab, a music recording studio, a youth fishing pier, and commercial kitchen to provide youth with healthy meals during program hours. Additionally, the Neal Fitness Center will provide the Muskegon community with access to affordable fitness and recreation opportunities. 

Located in Muskegon, the project falls within a “severely distressed” census tract based on a poverty rate of 10.7%, and an unemployment rate of 7.9%. This project is expected to retain 24 jobs and create approximately 31 permanent jobs. All full-time jobs will be eligible to receive comprehensive benefits including health insurance, life insurance,  a retirement plan, and paid time off.  

BGCML will work with local colleges and partner nonprofits to fill critical roles throughout the Clubhouse, BGCML, Teen Zone, and Neal Fitness Center. A few of these partners are Pioneer Resources, Goodwill, Senior Resources, and West Michigan Works!. 

“Through unwavering dedication, community support, and the transformative impact of the Neal Fitness Center, the Boys & Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore is setting a new standard for youth empowerment and community enrichment,” said Monica Turnbull, Chief Executive Officer at Boys & Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore. “Every child who walks through our doors, and every community member who benefits from the Neal Fitness Center, is one step closer to realizing their potential. This synergy proves that together, we can build a future where every young person is equipped to navigate challenges, seize opportunities, and contribute positively to the community. This is not just an investment in individual futures but a commitment to the collective prosperity and well-being of our entire community.”  

MCC is supporting the project with $5 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocation. 

“We have full confidence that Clubhouse MKG will be a place where children and families will improve their health, and build skills and relationships that will support them throughout their lives,” said Eric Hanna, president and CEO at Michigan Community Capital. “If COVID taught us one thing, it’s the value of community and relationships, and the impact they have on health and personal development. MCC is thrilled to support such important work during such an impactful time in people’s lives.” 

Old National Bank is serving as a Community Development Entity (CDE) lender and is investing $4 million in NMTC allocation.  

“The perseverance and commitment that the BGCML staff and community have shown to bring this project to where it stands today is incredible. This renovation will breathe new life into the decades-old building which will be a wonderful community asset for all Muskegon residents,” said Mike Harbaugh, VP, Senior Tax Credit Relationship Manager at Old National Bank. “Kids will have a safe place to build unique skills and expand their opportunities, while adults and seniors can sustain healthy habits at the Neal Fitness Cetner. This facility empowers households across the city and beyond. Old National Bank is honored to have a small role in the ongoing success of the Clubhouse.” 

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About Michigan Community Capital 

Michigan Community Capital (MCC) is a non-profit diversified public-private partnership that supports the missions of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) by aggregating capital and facilitating the financing and development of low-income and attainable housing, and the redevelopment of complex brownfield sites within the State of Michigan. MCC is a U.S. Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and the only Community Development Entity (CDE) that deploys this resource solely throughout the entire State of Michigan. Since 2005, MCC has supported over $1.3 billion in project financing, successfully attracted $445 million in federal New Markets Tax Credits, and helped to create over 1,500 housing units, 4.3 million square feet of commercial, retail and industrial space to facilitate job creation and expansion and has insured over 22,000 affordable multifamily doors. MCC drives community development impacts in four key areas: Real Estate Development, CDFI lending, New Markets Tax Credits, and affordable Property Insurance.