Nonprofit Briefs: JCCs Expanding in Kansas and Arizona; YMCAs Renovating in Tennessee and Alabama

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Club Industry's nonprofit briefs features recent notable openings, real estate transactions and renovations among American YMCA and JCC facilities.(Photo by Phawat Topaisan / Getty Images.)

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas, Overland Park, Kansas, will break ground in October on an $11 million, 32,000-square-foot expansion that will include a second gymnasium, spaces for a yoga studio and an indoor turf soccer field. Work is expected to begin next month with an anticipated opening in November 2020, according to the Kansas City Business Journal. The existing center will remain open during the expansion.

The YMCA of Bristol, Bristol, Tennessee, has completed renovations to its existing facility, including equipment updates and expanded programming during the past 10 months as part of the New Y, New You initiative, the Bristol Herald Courier reported. New programs include Float4Life, an anti-drowning course for infants and toddlers, and updated programming for the children's Stay and Play area. Treadmills, ellipticals, boxing machines and various Nautilus machines have been added. Yoga, Pilates, boxing, cycling and ballet-style classes are now offered at the Y, as well as health, wellness and personal training coach services.

The Mandel Jewish Community Center, Beachwood, Ohio, has partnered with Active Wellness, San Francisco, to outsource its fitness, aquatics and membership operations to reflect current trends in the fitness field, according to Cleveland Jewish News. No operational transition date has been set, but it will begin after an executive-level general manager, who will report to President and CEO Michael G. Hyman, is hired. About 140 Mandel JCC employees will become Active Wellness employees, but they will continue to wear and use JCC branded badges, uniforms and emails.

Construction on the YMCA of the Shoals, Florence, Alabama, is expected to be completed by early November with the gymnasium opening in late October. Expansions to the Y include a new exercise room, remodeled track, updated girls and boys locker rooms, an expanded lobby and nursery, and the addition of an elevator to the second floor, according to The Times Daily. The gym will also feature new hardwood floors on the basketball court.

Chabad of Flagstaff's Molly Blank Jewish Community Center, Flagstaff, Arizona, is now open at its permanent home at 930 W. University Ave. after two years of construction, the Arizona Daily Sun reported. The center has operated in the community since 2006. In 2010, 2.2 acres were acquired for the construction of its new and permanent site. The center is named after Molly Blank, the mother of Arthur M. Blank of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, who donated more than $2 million to the center in 2015.

Club Industry's nonprofit briefs features recent notable openings, real estate transactions and renovations among American YMCA and JCC facilities. Do you have news to share with us? Send your news, tips or story ideas to [email protected]. You can also connect with us on Facebook, on Twitter and on LinkedIn.

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