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Group interested in purchasing Portland Boys and Girls Club

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The old Portland Boys and Girls Club is in need of some TLC, but that may soon be in reach. The old Portland Boys and Girls Club is in need of some TLC, but that may soon be in reach.
David Yarmuth David Yarmuth
Salvation Army currently owns the building and due to the economy it closed back in 2008. Salvation Army currently owns the building and due to the economy it closed back in 2008.
Donnie Bishop Donnie Bishop

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It's been closed for five years, but the Boys and Girls Club in the Portland neighborhood may soon be given a second chance. 

Salvation Army currently owns the building and due to the economy it closed back in 2008. A community group is interested in buying the former site.

The old Portland Boys and Girls Club is in need of some TLC, but that may soon be in reach.   

"We're excited in the news that there has not only been an interested party in looking to not only purchase the building, but also bring it back essentially to what it was formerly under the Boys and Girls Club and serving the youth of the Portland community," said David Yarmuth, Salvation Army Director of Community Relations. 

While the details remain confidential, even the thought of bringing back the Boys and Girls Club has people in the neighborhood talking.

"I think that's great," said Amanda Jones, Portland resident. "I think it would be really great for the kids out here, I think they would love it."

Donnie Bishop has lived in Portland all his life. He has fond memories of going to the Boys and Girls Club.  

"We use to play basketball over there, go on trips," said Bishop. "I mean just about a little bit of everything."

Even his son use to go before it closed its doors. "He use to be a member over there, but when they closed it down, he mostly just stays in the house now," said Bishop.

Bishop thinks the club would be a positive outlet for children and a way to keep teenagers out of trouble.

"Get these kids of the streets and give them something to do," said Bishop. 

"There's a lot of dangerous things out here down in Portland now a days," said Jones. 

Now it's just a matter of waiting for the details to pan out. "It's a positive step no question and we will continue to work through and we will see where that goes," said Yarmuth. 

On Monday there will be a meeting for those who live in the Portland neighborhood with Councilwoman Sheri Bryant Hamilton to talk about new developments. It's at 6 p.m. at Portland Christian School. 

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