JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- YMCA officials, volunteers and community leaders placed three stakes in the ground on the water-front lawn of the Yates Family YMCA on Riverside Avenue when the organization announced Friday their plans to build a new Riverside Y.
The Yates Family YMCA, located on 221 Riverside Ave., has been serving the downtown area for more than 60 years.
Numerous attempts have been made to remodel the facility through the years, but those options are no longer cost effective to meet the demands of modern operation, said Vice President of Communication Nikos Westmoreland with First Coast YMCA in a press release.
The new three-story gym will be 80,000 square feet with a glass front overlooking the St. Johns River. First Coast YMCA also plans to return its corporate headquarters to the new facility.