The Unified Government Commission discussed property acquisition and the downtown area YMCA at a meeting on July 11 at City Hall.
The UG Commission went into a closed session to discuss the acquisition of property, beginning at 5 p.m., came out and went back into two more closed sessions, lasting about 1 1/2 hours in all.
Shortly after 6:30 p.m., the commission discussed the YMCA’s proposal to build a new facility in the downtown area. No votes were taken in the meeting.
No information was discussed in the open session about a building site for the proposed new YMCA.
Under the proposal being discussed, the UG would provide about $6 million in a facility costing around $15 million, according to Mayor Mark Holland. The proposed building would replace the Eighth Street YMCA, but the proposed site for the facility was not announced, although it is expected to be in the northeast area.
The project would not be part of the 2014 budget, but could be in the 2015 budget if approved by the commission, according to the mayor. Holland said if approved by the commission, he would help the YMCA raise its part of the funding for the new center, and he hoped to interest other community organizations in participating.
The staff will be negotiating a resolution of intent with the YMCA, according to Holland, and the resolution would come back to the UG Commission for approval.
Holland asked the commissioners what items they would want to see in a new community center building. Commissioner Tarence Maddox said he would want to see low-to-free membership for those of low-to-moderate incomes.
Commissioner Hal Walker said he would not go along with being the last YMCA facility to be built, that he would want the Kansas City, Kan., YMCA built on a similar timeline as the other YMCAs.
Holland said he would want to see community room access, and wants to retain public - green access.
Other commissioners said they might submit their list of what they want in the facility later to the UG.