On Friday, March 28th, the Andover/North Andover YMCA broke ground on a $21 million expansion which will effectively double the existing facility space, meeting both the current and the anticipated future needs of the community. The new YMCA will feature a number of enhancements, including a new childcare development center, an expanded aquatics facility, active living center for older adults, expanded wellness center, an active learning center and a rehabilitation center operated by Lawrence General Hospital.
There are currently 8,000 members who attend the Andover/North Andover facility, with more expected. Existing programs will remain open during construction. The project also calls for the creation a new access road and additional parking. The project is expected to be completed in approximately 16 months.
Among those present at the groundbreaking were Senators Barry Finegold and Kathleen O’Connor Ives, Representatives Bradley Jones and Bruce Tarr, North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor, Andover Town Manager Reginald Stapczynski, North Andover School Committee members McDevitt and Gross, President and CEO of the Merrimack Valley YMCA Stephen Ives, and Leadership Donor Rosalyn Wood. Serving as Master of Ceremonies was NECN Chief Meteorologist, Matt Noyes. Some of the topics discussed included the details of the expansion, construction plans, philanthropic efforts, and community engagement.
The $21 million cost of the expansion is being paid for through fundraising efforts and tax-exempt bond financing provided by Enterprise Bank. The nonprofit YMCA will continue its fundraising efforts, which stand at about $5.7 million. The Y has a goal of $7 million to complement its $14 million in financing.