Downtown YMCA to receive major renovation

Downtown YMCA to receive major renovation

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A multi-million dollar investment will soon breathe new life into one of Cincinnati's historic buildings.

Work will begin on the Central Parkway YMCA on Elm Street in December.

The building is one of the oldest in the Greater Cincinnati YMCA network and officials said once complete it will be a flagship of the urban core.

The $27 million dollar project will include a new two-story fitness facility, consolidated YMCA offices and six floors of affordable senior housing.

Kathy Lehr, the Vice President of External Communications and Marketing for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, said the new fitness center will include new cardio and weight equipment, locker rooms, steam and sauna rooms, three new racquetball courts, a cycling studio, a refurbished gym and new HVAC and plumbing throughout.

The YMCA will contribute $4.5 million dollars toward the project. The rest of the funding will come from tax credits. YMCA officials said they also plan to raise an additional $2 to $3 million for long-term maintenance.

Work is expected to start December 8. The YMCA will close at that time and is not expected to reopen until early 2016.

In the meantime, officials said members can use any of the three YMCA locations within a 10 minute drive of the Central Parkway YMCA. Those include the Carl H. Lindner, the Melrose and Campbell County locations.

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