Katie MoriartyApr 22, 2016, 1:32 pm

Groundbreaking held for new LGBT community center in Patchogue

The 18,000-square-foot facility will be just off Sunrise Highway

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Patchogue will be home to a new center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the community.

Members of the LGBT Network, U.S. Green Building Council, and county officials held their shovels high Friday morning as they broke ground on the new facility.

The 18,000-square-foot building will be located just off Sunrise Highway. It will be the first in the region to provide a wide range of services for the LGBT community – such as healthcare, social services and youth-related programs, says LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick.

The LGBT Network received two $500,000 grants to build this, their fifth facility.

"It's just really important that if you're watching this, know that you're not alone and your life is worth just as much as everyone else's and you can be anything that you want to be,” says Kilmnick.

In addition to services, the space will have a café to host events, conference rooms, and an enormous community hall.

As for children of LGBT-headed families, they'll be able to play on a brand new playground.

Construction is set to begin in a few months and the center is expected to be completed by late spring of 2017.

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