After years of planning, construction has begun on the Brookline Teen Center and is expected to open in time for the next school year.
The 12,000 square foot facility will be located at 40 Aspinwall Ave., and Brookline-based Kaplan Construction began the work last week, according to a press release from Matthew Cooney, the executive director of the teen center.
The center secured a $4 million loan from Brookline Bank in the spring to begin construction, and a capital fundraising campaign will continue throughout the construction.
“The board members and I recognize the significant amount of work yet to be done as we work toward a goal of opening during the 2013-2014 school year,” Cooney said in the press release.
Planning for the Center has been underway for more than six years, and the non-profit organization also credited the ability to begin construction to early donations and its relationship with the Brookline Community Foundation.
The Brookline Teen Center has also launched a new teen intern program to ensure continued input from the people who will benefit most. The program will begin officially on Nov. 1 and more than 25 Brookline High School students have already come forward as potential interns.
The center is also recruiting interns from outside of Brookline High School, and more information can be found at BrooklineTeenCenter.org.