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North Augusta Family Y will have new home in future

Posted: December 26, 2012 - 12:01am

The Family Y of North Augusta will have a new home.

The new building is included the Project Jackson proposal for the riverfront. It is also included in the development agreement the city approved Dec. 17 that would take effect if Project Jackson doesn’t come to fruition.

“We can’t be more excited to be a part of this development,” said Danny McConnell, president and CEO of the Family Y. “The partners in this development have been outstanding. These are such positive things and when you put all of that in an area in a master plan and you see how they support each other, it makes great sense. We’re excited to play a role.”

The organization has been looking into relocating to a permanent location for more than two years, he said.

The branch, which has served the North Augusta community for about seven years, is currently located on Martintown Road and is renting its space.

“When we move into a new community, the ultimate goal is to always find a location we can make the permanent location,” he said. “What dictates that is growth and need for more services and programs that can’t be offered in the current building.”

Planning for the permanent building is in its early stages, so it will be a few years before it will be in place, said McConnell.

“Right now, we are looking at a two- to three-year window from where we are right now,” he said.

They hope to enter the design phase in the spring to work on the details of the building. However, it is known that a pool will be included.

A fundraising campaign for the building will also be held later in the process.

McConnell said the future branch will likely be “somewhat nontraditional” because of its location next to the river, which will allow it to offer unique programs that aren’t available at other branches.

They plan to “take full advantage of the venue,” he said.

Members are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas for what they would like to see in the building or programs and services they would like the branch to offer, said McConnell.

“We want to hear from the people who are going to use it,” he said.

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