Preparation work for a new YMCA is set to begin next month after the Pittsford Planning Board this week unanimously approved the $40 million project to build one of the largest YMCA branches in the nation.
The three-story, 140,000-square-foot branch is set be built on 20 acres at the corner of Jefferson Road and Clover Street in Pittsford and is expected to open in the fall of 2019. It will be dubbed the Regional Campus for Healthy Living branch, taking on a new branch concept over a traditional geographical name.
“This will be a Y of the future and one that will be modeled nationally for its integration of health and wellness and onsite medical facilities that address urgent human-service needs for children, youth, adults, and seniors with diverse backgrounds and abilities,” George Romell, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Rochester, said in a news release.
The center is designed to be a home to encourage wellness and healthy living while also addressing health care concerns including diabetes management and prevention, according to the release.
Amenities at the new center will include everything you’d expect to find at a traditional YMCA branch — community programming, fitness equipment, child care and programs for seniors. It will also offer expanded aquatics offerings and a 15,000-square-foot medical facility, similar to what members can find at the Eastside YMCA in Penfield, according to the release.
Among those facilities: three gymnasiums, an indoor track, a teaching kitchen, group exercise rooms (including a spinning studio), a senior center and an aquatic center with a six-lane lap pool and a warm-water pool with a splash pad.
“The Y is much more than a swim and gym,” Romell said. “The YMCA is at the heart of our community, in the suburbs and the city of Rochester.”
Funds secured for the project total just over $11 million, which is three-quarters of the way to its $15 million fundraising goal, according to a news release. Construction for the center is part of a decade-long $75 million fundraising campaign that launched in 2010.
While much of the initial work at the site involves moving ground, construction is expected to be in full swing next year.
The Southeast YMCA has been at its current home at 111 E. Jefferson Road for 45 years and was in need of an expansion. Located two miles east of the future branch, the property was landlocked, hindering expansion options.
A church plans to purchase and use the existing facility once it is vacated, according to the YMCA.
Currently, the Eastside YMCA is the largest YMCA in the region with 109,000 square feet. Once completed, the new branch will be larger.