Bangor Y Has Big News 

Some big changes are in store for the Bangor YMCAThe first phase of an expansion project is set to get underway this Summer.Meghan Hayward has the story.”The Bangor Y has secured the properties surrounding the Second Street facility that allows for us to consolidate our organization under one roof, with an expanded parking lot and also a plan for phase two expansion to bring all of our core programming and services into one location.”The 2.2 million dollar phase one project, which is the expanded parking lot, is set to begin this Summer.Four of the nine buildings they have acquired will be torn down to make room for more than 100 new parking spots at the facility.”The timeline for phase two will be determined by the efficiencies we’re able to gain by being under one location as well as understanding the economy and the appropriate time to go out for a capital campaign.”Initially, the consolidation will result in a reduction of employees.But Chief Executive Officer Mike Seile hopes when they eventually expand the facility and programming, they’ll be able to add more jobs.Seile says members won’t see a change in their fees.”We’ve kept our memberships affordable for the Bangor community and in this transition part of the reason for the change is to keep it at that affordable rate. So our rates will remain unchanged for this year.”Seile says members can expect great things from this.”Additional convenience. Today we have memberships split between the aquatics located at the Second Street facility and land fitness located at Hammond Street. And what this does is put it all under one for convenience for our members.”Seile says the Hammond Street facility will be winterized and preserved, probably some time before the end of this Summer, then put on the market for sale.They plan to use the proceeds from the sale of that facility to help fund the renovation and expansion projects at Second Street.Membership meetings are planned for March 4th and 5th for anyone with any questions about the project.The meetings on the fourth will be at the Hammond Street facility at 6 am and 7 pm.And the meetings on the fifth will be at the same times but at the Second Street location.