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$2.8 million raised for new YMCA

June 22, 1998|By SHEILA HOTCHKIN

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New YMCAHagerstown YMCA officials have raised $2.8 million toward a new 57,000-square-foot building on Eastern Boulevard.

The building will cost approximately $6.9 million, including the land, site preparation, architect fees, construction and furnishings, officials said.

James Pierne, YMCA board president, said the organization will seek donations from corporations, individuals, the community and the state.

The goal is for $5 million to be raised in the community, with the rest coming from government contributions, he said. He estimated that raising the full amount could take up to a year.

Earlier this year, YMCA officials announced plans to move from their current building on North Potomac Street to meet the increasing needs of the community.

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The organization has said that the current building lacks space for day camp, senior citizens' programs, certain youth programs, gymnastics and outdoor soccer. Children have been turned away from YMCA programs on occasion due to space restrictions.

Plans for the new facility include two pools, a child-care center, a fitness center, gymnasiums, racquetball courts and an outdoor soccer complex.

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