Merlyn Garcia from the Lynn YMCA Music Studio and student at Kipp Academy Lynn, sings at the YMCA Commuity Kickoff event. (Owen O’Rourke)

Lynn Daily Item


BY | March 22, 2018

LYNN — Plans are continuing to move forward for a new, 70,000 square-foot YMCA that is slated to open in the city by the fall of 2019.

The YMCA of Metro North plans to build, furnish and equip a second facility next to the existing Lynn YMCA. When completed, the new Y will contain an aquatics center, indoor track, gymnasium, and a new childcare facility for 390 children. The old building will be repurposed for multiple uses, including youth and family programming.

A kickoff for the community fundraising phase of the YMCA of Metro North’s capital campaign was held at Eastern Bank on Thursday night. For the last two years, the organization has been raising money for the $30 million project through the silent major gift phase of the campaign, according to Bruce Macdonald, CEO and president of YMCA of Metro North.

With the major gift phase, $21 million has already been raised for the project, which includes about $9.2 million in private donations, $7 million received from New Markets Tax Credit and a $4.8 million MassWorks grant, with the latter earmarked to support infrastructure for the project, Macdonald said.

“Tonight’s really a celebration,” Macdonald said of the kickoff event. “We’re very excited and pleased about the level of support we’ve got. It’s going to be a great project for the city.”

The MassWorks grant is being used to reconfigure the road around the YMCA to make way for the 70,000 square-foot expansion, which includes closing Wheeler Street, the reconfiguration of the adjacent roadway network to preserve access to the neighborhood, and the relocation of utilities. Once completed, the area will be more walkable for pedestrians.

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