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YMCA Roundup: Expansions and Closings for Ys in the Midwest

YMCAs in Nebraska, Ohio and Indiana break ground on expansions while a Y in Ohio is set to close and one in Pennsylvania may get a reprieve.

On April 5, the Norfolk Family YMCA in Norfolk, Nebraska, broke ground on a two-story, $11 million, 106,000-square-foot addition to its current 75,000-square-foot location. The current 35-year-old facility is not ADA compliant and was built to accommodate 5,900 members but now has 8,100 members, according to the Y. The new space will be an indoor recreation complex and wellness center with an indoor multi-use turf area, additional gym space, more fitness and multi-purpose rooms, an indoor play area and more space for the child care center. The addition is expected to be completed in early 2019, according to a story in the Norfolk Daily News.

The YMCA of Greater Dayton (Ohio) broke ground in mid-March on a $17 million 75,200-square-foot building in Xenia, Ohio, according to the Dayton Daily News. The REACH Center (which stands for Recreation, Education, Activity, Community and Health) will be a collaborative effort between the Y, Clark State Community College, Central State University, Kettering Health Network, Xenia Adult Recreation and Services Center as well as the city of Xenia, which will contribute $1 million. The building will replace the current facility. The first phase of construction is scheduled to be completed in early 2019.

The YMCA of Southwestern Indiana is moving forward with plans for a new YMCA in downtown Evansville, Indiana, according to the Courier & Press. The Y is getting bids on the $18 million two-story project on which ground breaking might occur this summer. In March, the YMCA announced that instead of renovating its current downtown location, it would build a new building across the street from the current building in what is currently an employee parking lot.

The Euclid Family YMCA, Euclid, Ohio, is scheduled to close on May 11, due to a declining membership and operating losses, according to The Plain Dealer. The facility would require $700,000 in repairs to remain open, The Plain Dealer reported, which prompted the decision to close. Members are encouraged to transfer to the Hillcrest Family YMCA in Lyndhurst or the nearby Lake County West End YMCA.

Despite being slated to close June 29, the Pottstown YMCA, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, could remain temporarily open if a local citizens group has its way. The Pottstown Branch Transition Committee, formed by the Y in December 2017, has formally recommended the Y renovate its existing North Adams Street facility or build an entirely new one nearby, The Mercury News reported. The group suggested the current facility remain open until at least Dec. 31 or until a new strategy is developed to “overcome the facility issue.” In response, local Y CEO Shaun Elliott told the newspaper that the Y "appreciates and respects all points of view" but "the conclusion is that it must focus on alternative ways to deliver its important services.”

 

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