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New YMCA building plans in the works
The plans are finally in motion for a new YMCA to be built in downtown Pensacola. It's been a long road for the organization, last year they tried to lease a parcel of land from the Community Maritime Park, but it was shut down. They then had to go back to the drawing board.
Quint Studer had already pledged $5,000,000 dollars to go toward a new facility, but once he also gave them the land, the board was all in.
The new YMCA will be built on a parking lot at Tarragona and Intendencia. It's across from the Pensacola News Journal building. It will be a state-of-the-art facility that's expected to be about double the size of the current one.
The current YMCA has old floors, old walls, and overall old construction. You wouldn't exactly call this state-of-the-art.
"The old one it's pretty aged." said Joe Jurich. He's been a member of the Y for the past 5 years and he says a new one is long overdue. The YMCA agrees. After many meetings with businessman Quint Studer, they finally have a deal worked out.
President Steve Williams said, "This is to be a state-of-the-art facility with modern features, incorporating technology, incorporating the newest techniques in recreation and equipment."
Last year, a land deal with the Maritime park fell through, but Williams thinks that this location will be even better. He said, "I'm a firm believer that things fall through for a reason and this is a good new reason!"
The building will cost $10-13 million dollars. The Studers are donating 5 million of that and the land to build on. Studer believes having a quality YMCA will bring more people downtown.
He said, "By building a newer Y, you get more members. So you are not only creating an exciting Y at that location, also helps fund many other activities outside that location."
Studer says for the rest of the property, he plans to build apartments and create retail space. But the first goal is to get the Y built..