Thursday, December 6, 2012
The old YMCA building, located at 402 N. Market, officially closed on Wednesday to make way for the grand opening of the new Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA.
Although there was no exercising allowed at either building, there was plenty of weightlifting at both.
"It has been crazy trying to move everything, get everything in place, and everything set up," said Stephanie Saferite, staff member.
The second floor of the new building will be the new central location for the corporate office, and the community development and child care branches. All three departments have been in different locations for nearly 12 years.
"It just helps us do a better job. We can communicate. There's some efficiencies with that and that's a good thing," said Dennis Schoenebeck, Greater Wichita YMCA general executive.
The $23 million building has a total of 110 square feet of space divided into three levels and includes an indoor track, indoor pools, and a work-out area with more than 100 pieces of equipment.
"It's going to be an awesome experience, brand new building. It's going to serve the community well," said Tyrone Baker, staff member.
The old building, which was built in 1959, is scheduled for demolition within 60 to 90 days. Once the building is razed, additional parking will be available for the new facility.
The Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA is scheduled to officially open Monday, Dec. 10, at 4:45 a.m.
Those wanting a sneak peak can attend an open house on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.