Bangor Y Breaks Ground on Expansion Project 

Catherine Pegram

The Bangor Y is breaking new ground as it consolidates into one location. Staff members and community leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new parking lot at the facility on Second Street. The goal is to expand the building in the next few years and shut down the Hammond Street location. Construction workers hope to finish up the parking lot work by November, including some upgrades to the gym and work-out areas. They’re also pouring the foundation for the expansion project. Bangor Y CEO Mike Seile says, “Phase 2, we’re going to be looking to the community to see exactly what their needs are. We’re contemplating a full size basketball court, additional group fitness studios, public meeting space.”Once the current construction is done, the doors to Hammond Street will close about a month later and the building will go up for sale.The total cost of the project is about $2.6 million. Officials say that’s about $2 million less than what it would have cost to move all the services to the Hammond Street location.