The Hagerstown YMCA has signed a contract to purchase 33 acres of land on Eastern Boulevard that will be the site of the organization's new home, an official said Thursday.
The $600,000 contract with GEMCO, a local development group, to purchase the land across the street from the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home includes an option to purchase an adjacent 15 acres for $400,000, according to YMCA board President James G. Pierne.
Pierne said having a specific location is crucial as the organization begins working to raise the more than $6 million needed to fund the project.
"It's going to be important for people to know that we have a site," Pierne said.
Some Hagerstown officials had wanted the YMCA to move to the city-owned Fairgrounds property.
But YMCA officials said the Eastern Boulevard site is preferable because of its proximity to its members and the possibility of restrictions at the Fairgrounds location.