Construction on the new Lexington YMCA is coming along, as officials and community members are gearing up for the big change.
Plans for a larger facility have been in the works for four years now. The temporary site has served its purpose so far, but officials say they that and the community are ready for the big move.
"It's really helped get things rolling on from a perspective of delivering on youth development and healthy living and social responsibility, which is our areas of focus. And this build was always a vision for that group to get to that point," said CEO Jeff Morgan.
The facility plans to offer more classes and programs that the whole family can enjoy in an environment most locals haven't otherwise been able to experience.
This also means employment opportunities for the community that have been lacking in the past.
"There are a lot of people excited about the possibilities of getting connected to the Y somehow. The Y operates with a lot of part time positions and so we hope to be able to encourage people's passions to get involved and connected there and to be able to make a difference in other people's lives as well," said branch manager Katie Bohnhoff.
The $4.3 million project will not only provide new resources for the community in terms of activities, wellness and employment, but will also serve as a resource for the middle school, which is connected to the new facility.
Students will be able to utilize the facility at times for school and for after school purposes, as well as other events.
The new building is expected to be in use by August or September of this year.
An open house to the public to get a firsthand look at the inside's progression is scheduled for March 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.