Cicero Thanks to a generous community and the tireless work of numerous volunteers, the CanTeen will soon have a new home next to Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
Unfortunately, it won’t be done by Nov. 22, which is when the lease runs out on their temporary home in Country Max Plaza, into which the teen center moved at the beginning of the school year. The organization left its longtime home on Route 11 in June in anticipation of the construction of its new home closer to the high school, funded with a Community Development grant.
“Someone else is leasing the space in Country Max Plaza,” said Toni-Lyn Brauchle, executive director of the CanTeen. “So we have to get out. We’ll be homeless for a little while.”
However, the temporary home was less than ideal; the space was cramped, the facility had no kitchen and the CanTeen, a nonprofit organization with very little funding, had been paying $1,700 a month in rent since September.
Brauchle said the CanTeen staff expects to move into the new home on Route 31 around the end of the year. In the meantime, offsite activities are planned.
“We’ll be taking it on the road,” she said. “We plan to do some field trips, and our staff will be going to the school and doing the lunch blocks.”
Meanwhile, work is steadily progressing at the new house.
“It’s very exciting watching it move along. We can see it coming together now,” Brauchle said. “The walls just went up. The roof’s not in yet. The roofers should be coming the week before Thanksgiving, and hopefully the pavers will be there the week of Thanksgiving. We’re hoping to get to a place soon where the kids can help in terms of planning the layout and carpeting and stuff. We hope to be in by the end of the year, but we’re operating on a volunteer work schedule, and it’s dependent on the weather.”