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Former YMCA Redevelopment/Brownfields Cleanup

Estimated Completion 2023Photo from 2021 Appraisal
Description of the Project:
The original portion of the former YMCA was constructed in 1906. The pool addition area was completed in 1960. The site was utilized as a YMCA until May of 2010. From 2010 to 2020 the property was utilized by the Victory Center to provide transitional rental housing to men in the community. In August of 2020, the City became the owner of the site after the property became a County-held tax certificate due to non-payment of property taxes. The site was officially vacated by January 1, 2021.

The site has not been updated or properly cared for over the last decade and is currently a blighted property in the City's downtown. The building will need a good deal of upgrades to be functional and find new use. The site is currently contaminated with hazardous substances (asbestos and lead) which make it unsuitable for redevelopment without remediation. A Phase II Environmental Assessment will be completed and will include groundwater and soil sampling to determine if there is any site contamination from an old gas station that was once located near the site. 

In August of 2021, the City applied for a East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) Brownfields Revolving Loan and Grant in the amount of $200,000 for a loan request, and $40,000 grant request, with an estimated project cost of $250,000. Project Restore YMCA would include asbestos and lead remediation as well as reuse planning to help prepare the building for redevelopment. The City will seek a developer to remodel and redevelop the property. The 1960's portion of the building could either be demolished or potentially reused as a covered parking area. The historic 1906 portion of the building could be remodeled and redeveloped, with commercial business on the first floor and residential units in the upper floors. 

Appraisal and Photos:
2021 Appraisal and photos (before remediation)
Coming Soon - 2022 photos (during remediation)
Coming Soon - 2023 photos (after remediation)

Site Investigation Reports:
Phase I Environmental Assessment - 2018
Phase I Environmental Assessment - 2021
Coming Soon - Phase II Environmental Assessment
Coming Soon - Supplemental Asbestos and Lead Report
Asbestos Inspection Report - 2021
Asbestos and Lead Sampling and Analysis Plan - 2021

Cleanup Plans and Standards Used:
Coming Soon - Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives

Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives:
The City received a quote for asbestos abatement in 2021 that exceeded $130,000. It is cost-prohibitive for the City to complete and fund asbestos and lead abatement without funding assistance. 

Site Quality Assurance Project Plan:
Coming Soon - Site Quality Assurance Project Plan

Coming Soon - Responses to Public Comments:
Coming Soon - Community Relation/Involvement Plan

Coming Soon - Verification of Cleanup Completion Document


Site to remain until September 30, 2027.