by Kevin Eigelbach

The YMCA of Greater Louisville broke ground this week for its 11th branch, this one in the eastern Jefferson County community of Norton Commons.

The 45,000-square-foot building is expected to cost $12.5 million to $14 million and be completed in early 2012, president and CEO Steve Tarver said.

“It will be a wonderful, state-of-the-art facility that will complement the YMCA services in that area, to support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” Tarver said.

The building, designed by Luckett & Farley Architects, Engineers and Construction Managers Inc., will have a family pool, a running track and a brightly lit fitness center, Tarver said. It will be the first local YMCA to include a family-style locker room, with about half a dozen individual dressing areas.

Wehr Constructors Inc. is the general contractor for the project.

It’s being built to make it easy for the Jefferson County Public Schools to build a school that would attach to the building, Tarver said. The school system has an option, which expires in March 2015, to build an elementary school at Norton Commons.

The YMCA also is in the process of choosing a demolition contractor to remove a five story building on property formerly owned by Philip Morris USA downtown, the site for another planned YMCA branch, Tarver said.

Philip Morris donated the property to the YMCA on June 28. It lies between 17th and 18th streets and Broadway and Maple Street, he said.

The YMCA expects to work on the design of the building during demolition, which is expected to take about six months and be complete by the end of June 2012, Tarver said.

The goal would be to start construction soon after demolition, he said.


reprinted with permission from Business First

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