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YMCA buys land for new $6.9 million complex

January 11, 1999

New YMCAphoto: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




The Hagerstown YMCA now owns the 28 acres upon which it plans to build a $6.9 million complex.

A color drawing of the proposed facility has been placed on the snow-covered cornfield along Eastern Boulevard just outside Hagerstown.

YMCA officials want to break ground at the site in November or December. Construction of the complex could take up to 15 months, said Jim Pierne, the president of the Hagerstown YMCA's board of directors.

About 50 people, including YMCA staff and state and Washington County officials, attended a brief ceremony at the site on Monday afternoon.

Community donations to the YMCA capital campaign total about $4 million.

YMCA officials hope to collect an additional $1 million in private contributions and $1.5 million from the state, Pierne said.

State Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, said he expects the state to grant the YMCA's request for funding.

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The new facility will include two pools, two gymnasiums, a fitness center, a child-care center, meeting rooms, teen and seniors facilities and administrative offices.

A committee is studying alternative uses for the YMCA's North Potomac Street building.

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