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YMCA asks county for $750,000

December 14, 1999|By SCOTT BUTKI

The Hagerstown YMCA's executive director asked the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday for a $750,000 donation over three years for a planned $8.8 million building north of Hagerstown.

The County Commissioners took no action on the request.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said the commissioners heard earlier in the morning about another community project, the proposed baseball stadium for the Hagerstown Suns. The commissioners voted 3-2 to fund the stadium by seeking General Assembly approval to increase the county's hotel-motel tax from 3 percent to 5 percent.

Construction of the new YMCA complex is scheduled to start around May on 28 acres of land at Eastern Boulevard outside city limits, Michael Flicek, YMCA executive director, said.

Construction will take about one year, he said.

Flicek asked for grants of $250,000 for the next three years.

The YMCA has raised about $5.2 million so far, including a $500,000 pledge from the Maryland General Assembly, said Jim Pierne, YMCA past president and chairman of the capital committee.

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The YMCA will ask for another $500,000 from the state in the upcoming General Assembly session that begins next month, he said.

The new YMCA will have two pools, two gymnasiums, a fitness center, a child-care center, meeting rooms, teen and seniors facilities, five locker rooms, administrative offices and, outside, two soccer fields.

There is room for expansion at the property, Flicek said. The current YMCA is in downtown Hagerstown on North Potomac Street.

"We won't get landlocked like we are now," Flicek said.

The YMCA has about 4,000 members. That is expected to increase to 5,000 at the new facility, which is large enough to accommodate up to 10,000 members, Flicek said.

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