YFS clears old building to make way for expansion

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - It was all dust and plenty of racket, as Youth and Family Services made a big move toward finishing a $13 million expansion.

On Monday, crews tore down a YFS building on East Adams Street. The building housed multiple programs such as YFS fatherhood and middle school programs.

The new facility will include early childhood classrooms, a center for middle school youth, increased security features and other improvements.

Since the Adams Street facility opened in 2003, YFS has gone from serving around 8,000 children to more than 14,000.

"Right now there are more needs, and Youth and Family Services wants to be able to meet some of the needs of children that are on the waiting list," Connie Olson, Youth and Family Services, said.

Demolition of the old building only took a few hours to complete. The new expansion will serve an additional 2,000 children.

The project is estimated to be completed in 15 months.