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YMCA Plans for Future Growth on County’s Northwest Side

The Monroe County YMCA is in the planning process of major renovations at its current location on Bloomington’s south side. Now just a couple of months into that project, officials are announcing plans to build an additional facility so the YMCA can meet increased demand.

Monroe County YMCA Executive Director Roberta Kelzer said the purchase of a 79 acre piece of property just west of Curry Pike on Bloomington’s northwest side will be the home to the second facility.

“We will probably cannibalize this YMCA by approximately 20 percent and then the additional membership growth will come from the northwest quadrant,” said Kelzer.

Ellettsville resident Debbie Hackman uses the YMCA 3 to 5 days a week and says she would go 6 or 7 times a week at the planned new location.

“I know a lot of people over there say, oh I’d like to take a class but I have to invest a half hour in driving time to get over there and half hour back for an hour class, it’s a lot of effort and people just don’t want to take the time,” said Hackman.

The new facility will feature licensed childcare and corporate wellness along with the basic family recreational services. But the 40-thousand monthly users at the YMCA will have to wait a few years before having that choice. Kelzer says it’s still early in the planning process and the fund-raising campaign should kick off sometime this year.

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