Monday, January 20, 2020

The Expansion Plan Further Unfolds


Construction is underway on a 2,700 square-foot expansion of the Greater Marco Family YMCA.

Construction is underway on a 2,700 square-foot expansion of the Greater Marco Family YMCA.

While Marco Y CEO Cindy Love and the organization’s board are focused on meeting current needs they are also formulating plans to better serve the community in the future.

The Greater Marco Family YMCA is in the midst of a $750,000 expansion project that will add 2,700 square feet of space to the main building of its Sand Hill Street campus. Construction began on July 17 and when completed in about 13 weeks, the facility will have:

A “leadership wing” to house
administrative offices
A dedicated area for cardiac rehabilita
tion services
A Community Partnership Center

An artist’s rendering of the exterior of the Greater Marco Family YMCA. Submitted

An artist’s rendering of the exterior of the Greater Marco Family YMCA. Submitted

“We’re a hospitality island,” said Love. “We have a lot of people who work nights and that type of thing so we want to have 24-hour access for wellness.”

The Community Partnership Office will provide space for services provided by other nonprofits, for example, organizations that provide services to people chronic diseases.

“We have several partners that want to come in,” said Love. “It will be a rotating office for different chronic diseases and resources that people can utilize. The idea is we’re going to be the hub for not-for-profits and human services on the island. Most everything we (residents) need, we have to go to Naples. So we’re looking at making that part of our mission and being the hub for not-forprofits and social services on the island for adults, children and families.”

The Y’s expansion will enable Y administrators and support staff to say goodbye to the portable trailer they currently occupy on the Y’s roughly nine-acre campus.

“We’re going to be able to come over here and be part of the whole team,” said Love. “I’m real excited by that. We’re also going to upgrade our welcome center so that we can accommodate people in wheelchairs better. Now, with the counter being so high, you just don’t have that accessibility. That’s really what’s going on. It’s the next phase of finishing out this campus.”

The expansion is part of the multiphase strategic plan that the Y’s board of directors devised several years ago. The $1.2 million youth development center that opened about 18 months ago represented Step 1 of the plan and the current project is another part of that process.

Enhancements to the Y’s healthy living center are being considered for the near future, but details of that and other elements of the strategic plan’s future projects are not yet etched in stone.

“We did the youth development center and we want to continue to work on our expansion plans to build out the property,” said Love. “We’re taking our time because we want to make sure we’re fulfilling community needs and not just building things. We need to bring more partners to the table to expand human services for the island and the next phase will be really expanding on the board’s vision for this property and what it will look like for years to come.”

Love said naming rights are available for the new space that is under construction.

“We have naming opportunities is somebody wants their name on either of the two wings,” she said. “They just need to contact us. If you want your name on a building that helps fulfill community needs and you want to leave a legacy, we’re all for that.”

The Greater Marco Family YMCA is located at 101 Sand Hill Street. For more information, including on obtaining naming rights, visit marcoymca.org or call 239-394-9622.

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