YMCA volunteers: More study needed before selecting site

— A decision on the location for the Northwest Family YMCA is at least four months away. Members of the Greater Baldwinsville YMCA Board of Managers, meeting Thursday, April 12, to weigh the merits of three finalist sites, agreed that they needed more information before making a final recommendation.

The YMCA of Greater Syracuse will hire a firm to determine each site’s ability to support the Northwest Family YMCA. The results of that study, expected in late summer, will guide the Greater Baldwinsville board. Their recommendation will go to the Metropolitan Board of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse, which will make the final decision on the best site for the estimated $15 million facility.

“We’re all eager to get started on building a YMCA in our community.” said Cindy Dowd Greene, chair Greater Baldwinsville YMCA Board of Managers. “We need a YMCA now. We also need this YMCA to be successful for many generations. This is a 100-year, $15 million decision. We need to be sure we’re recommending the best site.”

The three finalist sites are: the 22-acre site the YMCA already owns on the corner of Drake’s Landing Road and state Route 31; the 15-acre shopping center near the corner of Smokey Hollow Road and state Route 48; and a 49-acre lot on the southern edge of the Timber Banks development on River Road that has been offered as a donation.

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