The YMCA of Southwestern Indiana officially broke ground Tuesday on its new downtown Evansville facility at the corner of Sixth and Court Streets.

Site preparation is underway across the street from the Downtown YMCA’s current location, which will stay open as usual until the new building is ready in August 2019.

The new building will be an 80,000-square-foot, two-story facility.

“The YMCA Board Directors is thrilled about this project and the role the YMCA plays in serving the heart of our community. This investment will expand the impact of the Y and allow us to engage more children, adults and seniors.” said Sara Miller, YMCA Chief Volunteer Officer.

The building will include a pool, wellness area, and multiple group exercise areas.

The redevelopment of the Downtown YMCA is part of the Southwestern Regional Cities Initiative.

Funding was provided by initiative, including a $5 million grant and a $5 million capital campaign (of which $4,750,000 has been raised so far).

 “The future of our YMCA is bright and the diversity in funding sources for this new facility is an indication of the support this community has for the mission of the YMCA.  We look forward to delivering a project that exceeds expectations and helps build a healthier and more vibrant community” said Derrick Stewart, CEO of the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana.

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(This story was originally published on June 12, 2018)