Friday, April 5, 2013

Kansas City, Kansas YMCA spared from closure

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

The Y is staying in KCK.
  • The Y is staying in KCK.
The YMCA is going to stay in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. The YMCA of Greater Kansas City said on Friday that it reached an agreement with Wyandotte County to keep its Eighth Street branch open, despite announcing in March that the location would be shuttered.

The plan to close the KCK location (along with the Raytown and Independence outposts) was part of the Y's plan to build a large new facility in downtown KCMO at 10th Street and Grand.

The communities in all three of the cities set to lose their Y's have rallied to keep them. But only the KCK location is set to be saved. The Unified Government agreed to pay the YMCA to cover the cost of keeping it open.

From a Y press release: "Under the plan, the Unified Government will pay $10,000 a month for operational expenses and $2,500 a month to a capital maintenance account to support the 8th Street Family YMCA, with a maximum investment of $100,000 for 2013."

The reprieve is surely good news for newly elected KCK Mayor Mark Holland. Shortly before the KCK mayoral race, The Pitch asked Holland for his thoughts on the Y's potential closing. Holland hinted when we spoke that the loss of the Y wasn't a done deal.

"I've not given up hope that that's not going to happen. I'm in conversations with a number of people. I think we need a state-of-the-art community center in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. And I think the Y would be a good partner," he said. Turns out, he was right.

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