Van Buren approves YMCA resolution

— Van Buren officials want to see a YMCA built in the town.

To support their desire, the town board unanimously approved a resolution endorsing the concept of a YMCA facility within Van Buren.

“The YMCA is looking at seven potential sites in Van Buren and the town board wants the community and the YMCA to know that Van Buren believes that the YMCA would be a real asset to our community and would love for Van Buren to be its new home,” said Supervisor Claude Sykes.

Last month, YMCA officials decided to look at a number of alternative sites for the proposed Northwest YMCA, originally planned for the corner of Drakes Landing and Route 31 in Radisson. With several of those alternative sites being located in Van Buren, town officials stated in last night’s approved resolution “that the building of a YMCA facility would be beneficial to the town of Van Buren and an asset to the community” and the town board “hereby endorses the concept of developing a YMCA facility within the town of Van Buren (subject to formal planning board approval) and will work in good faith with the YCMA on the potential development of a YMCA facility within the town of Van Buren.

“It is great that [Van Buren’s] leaders stepped up in this way,” said Chris Iven, the director of communications for the YMCA of Greater Syracuse. “The volunteers, I’m sure, are happy to see this. It’s one more sign that the northwest part of Onondaga County wants a YMCA.”

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