GRAND RAPIDS TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - Tuesday night, the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids presented its plan for a new facility.
It would be built at the corner of Leonard and Crahen, replacing the Southeast 'Y' on Forest Hills Avenue, which is the oldest YMCA in the Grand Rapids area. The new facility would be built on a 28-acre site gifted to the organization by the Meijer Foundation. Construction would cost $24 million.
The plan was presented to the Grand Rapids Township Planning Commission. The next step is a public hearing in May. The new YMCA would feature a "universal design", meaning it would be accessible to people with disabilities.
There is opposition to the new YMCA and much of it has to do with concerns over traffic.
If the township approves the plan, work would begin this fall and the Y would open next fall.