The YMCA’s board of directors approved funding last week to reopen the six-lane pool and the gym after a fire caused major damage to the YMCA facility at 2701 Market St. on Feb. 7, according to YMCA spokeswoman Sarah Gibbs.
Fire crews responded to the Market Street facility at 11:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and battled a second-story fire through the night, according to Wilmington Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Nelson. No injuries were reported in the accidental fire, which began in a sauna in the men’s locker room.
The YMCA’s insurance team announced preliminary estimates for the damage sustained during the fire at more than $2 million, Gibbs said.
The projects approved by the board include the instillation restrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities for the pool, Gibbs said.
“Cleaning the pool area will take about a week and then installation of the locker room, shower and restroom facilities will commence,” Gibbs said.
Crews will begin cleaning the gym once the pool area is finished. The pool and the gym are expected to reopen in May, Gibbs said. To celebrate the reopening of these two areas, the YMCA will host a special event for the community.
The YMCA Board of Directors also approved a plan to open a temporary facility in the Market Street Plaza Shopping Center at the corner of Kerr Avenue and Market Street, Gibbs said. The “Express Y” will include a large wellness room, a cycling and TRX room, a yoga and Pilates studio, a group exercise studio, a Y Café and lounge area, family bathroom, adult locker rooms with saunas, and a children’s area.
The “Express Y” is expected to open between late June and early July, Gibbs said.
The YMCA’s Board of Directors also approved the creation of a special committee, made up of Y volunteers, to develop a vision for the future of the Market Street location, Gibbs said. The committee will take their recommendations to the board for final approval.
“We are very much aware of the fact that we must find a balance between thoughtfully pursuing a new vision for the Y and moving expeditiously to make that vision a reality,” YMCA CEO Dick Jones said.
For more information visit the Wilmington Family YMCA website.
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