The Buffalo City Council, at their Tuesday meeting, voted to draft and back a “Letter of Intent” between themselves and the YMCA to continue their partnership once the YMCA begins the process to replace the existing facility with an essentially new recreation center on the current YMCA site.
YMCA Director Mike Quast spoke to the council, saying the original plan was to pursue the George Grace Field Property across from the Y, but complications have forced the YMCA Board to look elsewhere for a site.
The decision has been made to rebuild the new rec center on the existing YMCA property.
Quast explains further.
Quast said they are currently in the midst of the finalizing the conceptual design for the facility, and will then concentrate on gathering information as to whether or not there is public support to place the new rec center on the November ballot for voter approval.
A final decision on whether to put it on the November ballot is expected by June 30th.
Estimated costs to renovate the facility are at $16 million, which will add 66,000 square feet to the facility and consist of a new, competition-sized pool area, a new gymnasium and renovations to the existing gym that would convert it to a raquetball court.
The council voted to have City Attorney Ben Kirven help the YMCA draft the Letter of Intent.