The Southern Tier Community Center, STCC, held a ribbon cutting today at the former Boys and Girls Club in Endicott to celebrate the end of phase one of renovations. 

The renovations include a refurbished pool and locker rooms, fitness centers, an aerobics center, gathering spaces and a computer lab. 

Improvements were also made to the roof.

President and CEO of the Children's Home, George Dermody says the improvements will let the center continue to help the community for years to come. 

"We're going to continue with energy efficient projects and improvements to make sure that the Southern Tier Community Center just doesn't have a proud past, but it has a wonderful and promising future."

The Children's Home purchased the building near Union-Endicott high school in 2020. 

Nikki Post, the director of STCC, adds that opening the center allows for them to continue their mission. 

"Part of our mission is that we want to inspire hope. We want to inspire hope for our families and our children and our youth and people that we come across. And just seeing the outpouring of encouragement and just seeing people come in and seeing our spaces and going, Wow, this is so amazing. You guys have done a great job that really encourages us to keep on moving forward, to keep on going."

STCC received $1.14 million as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative award given to Endicott. That money will be used as part of phase two of renovations.