Weis Markets donates building for new YMCA

Kelly Township, Union County (WBRE/WYOU-TV) For a few years now Union County YMCA has been on the hunt for a place to build a new facility. 

That came to an end thanks to a generous donation. 14 years that's how long this building along route 15 near Lewisburg has been vacant. The current owners, Weis Markets, donated the former Walmart building to the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA. 

Norm Jones, YMCA Chair of the Leadership Cabinet showed Eyewitness News around "in Union County there was a great need for child care, for wellness, for families and seniors."

That was the catalyst behind what will be a $13 million project. Jones and Bonnie McDowell of the YMCA show me around different sections of the old superstore looking into the future. 

"It's really accessible nice size parking lots, it's wonderful what we will be able to do with this building that has not been in use for many years," said McDowell. 

People shopping next door at Weis Markets said "I think it is exciting, I think it is wonderful when new things come to the community for people to utilize and bring their kids and get involved and get active," said Kelly Beal of Lewisburg. 

Construction on the 94,000 square foot facility is expected to start in December. For a place that use to carry food and clothing, what will this space be filled with? Click on the video to see a 3-D video which shows that.

Two swimming pools, one with eight lanes, a wellness center, gym and a lot more. Jones says "so it's really a place where it is going to cater to everybody not just in Lewisburg, not just in union County, but in our entire region."

$7 million dollars in state and federal grants along with $3 million raised will help pay for the new state of the art YMCA. 

For more information click the link. http://www.gsvymca.org/


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