B'ville YMCA site remains under review

The meeting room was packed for the May 26 Lysander Planning Board meeting as members reviewed plans for the proposed Northwest YMCA.

Joined by a swarm of supporters, advocates of the Northwest YMCA attended the meeting, one of many in a continued struggle to build a YMCA in Radisson at the intersection of Drake's Landing and Route 31. Also present, but with fewer numbers, were members of Families for R.E.A.L., a group of residents opposed to the proposed location of the YMCA, but not the YMCA itself.

With spectators lining the walls of the room, the planning board questioned YMCA attorney Kevin Bernstein on everything from the materials being used to construct the new facility to how the view from the backyards of surrounding neighbors would look.

"I think some members of the board are asking about Sabine Road," Michael Bryant, chairman of the board, clarified.

While major concerns of those opposed to the YMCA location include increased traffic in an already congested area and a negative impact on property values, the topic of discussion May 26 became the change in view from woods to a glaring backside of the YMCA building, specifically along Sabine Road.

"We do have a letter from the five residents. I suspect a letter of concern," said board member Hugh Kimball.

With prominently displayed "Move the Y" stickers, the small group from Sabine Road waited, watched and listened for any clues to the future of the YMCA.

It was suggested YMCA representatives should record the existing view from Sabine Road in order to create an artist's sketch of what the area would look like should the facility be built.

"If there is permission to use the middle property of Sabine Road to take photographs, are you saying you'd do it," Bryant asked Bernstein.

"I think it's unnecessary to do it, but we'll do it," Bernstein replied.

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