The new building will be across the street from the current location which will stay open until the new facility is finished.
The two-story, 80,000 square foot facility will offer several features for YMCA members beyond a gym and pool.
Officials say they plan to provide stem opportunities for kids and have a teaching kitchen to expand their nutritional services.
Derrick Stewart, YMCA CEO, says, “We’ve worked hard. We’ve had a lot of decisions to make along the way that have been challenging. But being here today with a hundred people to celebrate this groundbreaking with us; I think was just a real example of the impact of the YMCA and the importance of this project and redevelopment of our downtown.”
The new facility is expected to open in August of 2019.