Kansas City Plans Downtown YMCA, Closing 3 Others
KANSAS CITY - Kansas City could have a big, new YMCA downtown by early 2016 but three smaller neighborhood YMCAs will be closed.
David Byrd, chief executive of the Greater Kansas City YMCA says two other regional YMCAs will be renovated and operation of another facility will be transferred.
Kansas City hasn't had a large downtown YMCA since 1981 although a smaller Y opened in 1989.
The Kansas City Star reports the new plans are for a 100,000-square-foot YMCA downtown, while facilities in eastern Kansas City and Atchison, Kan., will undergo extensive renovations. The three Y's to be closed next month are in Independence, Raytown and Kansas City, Kan. And the operations of the Miami County YMCA in Osawatomie, Kan., will be transferred to the school district, which owns the building.