Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City expansion

September 12, 2019 - 5:45 am

OVERLAND PARK, Ks. -- The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City will break ground next week on its $11 million expansion to its existing facilities in Overland Park, adjacent to the former Sprint Campus.

The expansion of the J, as the center is known, will include a new gymnasium, an indoor turf field, a state of the art ceramics studio, dance studios and expanded art programs.

CEO and President of The J, Jim Sluyter, told KMBZ the improvements were a logical next step for the center.

"We've been growing a lot," Sluyter said. "A lot of our programs have maxed out on space. Our day camp program, our preschool, our sports and rec programs . . . pretty much across the board."You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy the amenities at The J. Sluyter said he hopes the expansion will allow the center to focus on diversity and outreach. 

"It works out for everybody and it's a way of impacting the community by showing we are a little bit more broad-minded and we're bringing together various entities for the good of the entire community," Sluyter said. 

Developers hope to have the expansion of the J completed by next year, but in the meantime, the center will still be open for members and for the community to come out and enjoy. 

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