MacRo is partnering with the Frederick Alliance for Youth (FAY) to bring a new community center to the Hillcrest area of Frederick.
MacRo owns a 2.42 acre site that is located adjacent to the City’sHOPE VI townhouses off Hillcrest Drive. FAY has contracted to purchase the property and has plans to develop a 30,000 square foot community center on the site. The facility will also house the Carroll Creek Montessori School, a public charter school.
Work is currently underway to obtain all appropriate zoning approvals, with construction tentatively scheduled to begin later this year. The Ausherman Family Foundation provided a large grant to get the ball rolling and FAY will soon begin a major capital campaign to raise additional funds to support the project.
Frederick Alliance for Youth is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to promote and support positive change in the Hillcrest and Waverly communities. Scott Alexander, FAY president and CEO, says plans for the new community center include a gym, playground, computer lab, classrooms, stage, teen center, music room and more. “The goal is for the facility to serve the 300 or so Montessori school students during the day and then partner with other agencies who can make use of the space in the afternoons and evenings to serve kids and families in the community.”