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Y to select new site in April

— The Greater Baldwinsville YMCA Board of Managers has narrowed its search for the best site for the Northwest Family YMCA. Board members plan to make a final selection next month.

At its meeting Thursday, March 1, the volunteers heard a preliminary report from architect Jim Ruddock, chair of the board’s site selection committee. He said that the volunteers on the committee started by evaluating more than 20 sites. Of those, they visited 16 and then selected eight for more intensive review. He said the committee has now narrowed its search to just two sites, plus the land already owned by the YMCA in Lysander.

“We have three great sites,” Ruddock told the committee.

Cindy Dowd Greene, chair of the Greater Baldwinsville YMCA Board of Managers, said the site selection process has been thorough to ensure that the final site can both meet the community’s needs and be developed quickly.

“We’re identifying the best site because we want to put a shovel in the ground this year,” she said. “Our community needs a YMCA today, so we can’t wait.”

Final discussions with land owners and preliminary discussions with local governments are scheduled this month, Ruddock said. Afterward, the site selection committee will compile its final report. The Board of Managers and the Metro Board of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse will then make the final selection, authorizing plans to be drawn up and submitted to the appropriate agencies for approval.

Committee members said they’re eager to tell the community more about the site, once it’s selected, but they don’t want to unnecessarily raise hopes surrounding any one site. The board is dedicated to unifying the community.

“Our community overwhelmingly wants a YMCA,” said Mark Dengler, chair of the board’s communications committee. “People understand that it will benefit all of us, no matter where it’s built.”

For more information about the Northwest Family Y, and to join the Friends of the YMCA, Northwest, visit NWFY.org.

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