Neighborhood Club names new executive director

New facility project also approved by City Council

By: K. Michelle Moran | Online Only | Published June 7, 2011

After an extensive nationwide search, the Neighborhood Club has finally settled on a leader to take over the reins as the community center enters a new chapter in its history.

On June 6, officials announced that Stuart Alderman had been named the new executive director. Alderman will take over the post held for four decades by John Bruce, who retired earlier this year.

A spokesperson for the Neighborhood Club said Alderman is the recreation director for the Troy Parks and Recreation Department. Alderman has worked for Troy for the past 26 years, and worked for the Oak Park Recreation Department for eight years before that. His honors include the Michigan Recreation and Park Association’s Presidential Award.

Alderman’s appointment comes as the Neighborhood Club — in partnership with Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe — prepares to build a new facility on its current site, at 17150 Waterloo in Grosse Pointe City. At a special meeting June 6, the Grosse Pointe City Council unanimously approved a revised site plan for this project. Neighborhood Club Finance Director Sean Bruce — son of John Bruce — said demolition on the current building would likely start in the first week or two of August, with construction on the new facility to begin in September.

“The proposed expansion of the facility is enticing and will be an outstanding opportunity for the community,” Alderman said in a prepared statement. “I enjoyed working on the construction of a community center in my current position, and the new Neighborhood Club will be an exciting venture to experience.”

At press time, Neighborhood Club officials planned to hold a groundbreaking on the property at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 21. The public is invited to this event. For more information, call (313) 885-4600 or visit www.neighborhoodclub.org.

Once it gets under way, construction is expected to take about 12-16 months, according to a previous estimate by project officials.