Construction continues at $27.5 million YMCA’s downtown community center

Sept. 21—WATERTOWN — In just over a year, the community should be able to swim in two new pools, run along an indoor track and enjoy all the other amenities of the new downtown aquatic center in 27, $5 million from the YMCA.

Michael T. Ramos, project manager for general contractor Purcell Construction, said construction is currently on schedule and within budget for the former call center at 146 Arsenal St.

“They’re going the way they’re supposed to be,” he told the site Tuesday morning.

Work continues on a 10,500 square foot addition where lap and leisure pools will be located once the project is complete in November 2023.

In a large ditch at the front of the building, a construction crew worked on the addition’s concrete footing.

Much of the work takes place inside the structure, out of public view. About 90% of the new wall framing has been installed, along with drywall work and the installation of mechanics inside the walls, Ramos said.

So far, between 25% and 30% of the project has been completed, he said.

The new Y will include a natatorium with a six-lane swimming pool and adjacent recreational pool, multi-sport courts, indoor track, wellness center, classrooms and child supervision facilities.

Economic development officials from the National Grid, YMCA and Jefferson County were on site Tuesday morning for the presentation of a ‘big check’ for $550,000 in funding the power company provided for the project .

National Grid contributed $300,000 for the environmental cleanup of PCBs that were discovered before the project began. Thanking National Grid for its donation, F. Marshall Weir, assistant general manager of Jefferson County Economic Development, said contaminants needed to be removed to prepare for construction of the project.

The project was delayed for several months to support the $2.5 million remediation.

The electricity giant also donated $250,000 for its community development program.

“They want to see communities be healthy,” said YMCA CEO Denise K. Young.

The Y is still waiting to see if it will receive between $2 million and $4 million in new market tax credits that would help fund the project, Young said.

The organization is also pursuing a fundraising campaign of which $4.25 million of its $4.5 million goal has been raised, she said.

The Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency secured a $9 million Department of Defense grant for the project, while the Y received $3.6 million in state funding for additional funding. .

The YMCA has outgrown existing downtown facilities at 119 Washington St.

The new facility will allow the YMCA to host state-level swim meets, expand preventative health services in the community, and enhance programs and amenities that will move out of the current downtown location. once completed.

Jill E. Washington