CORRECTING and REPLACING YMCA of Greater New York Selected to Open New Branch in “La Central” Development in the South Bronx

48,000 Square Foot Facility Part of Public/Private Partnership Selected by NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development to Bring Affordable Housing and Community Resources to Underserved Neighborhood

Correction...by YMCA of Greater New York

NEW YORK--()--Following the New Branch Builds Upon an Unprecedented Campaign to Bring YMCAs to Underserved Communities subhead, the second graph, second sentence of release dated December 24, 2013 should read: FXFOWLE architects and MHG architects are the project’s designers. (sted FX Fowle architects and MHG architects are the project’s designers).

The corrected release reads:

YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK SELECTED TO OPEN NEW BRANCH IN “LA CENTRAL” DEVELOPMENT IN THE SOUTH BRONX

48,000 Square Foot Facility Part of Public/Private Partnership Selected by NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development to Bring Affordable Housing and Community Resources to Underserved Neighborhood

The YMCA of Greater New York is pleased to have been chosen to construct a new, state-of-the-art facility in the South Bronx as part of a public/private community development project selected by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The new YMCA will be part of a mixed use development to be known as “La Central,” located in the Bronxchester urban renewal area bordered by Bergen and Brook Avenues and E. 149th and 153rd Streets. The new development will include five new buildings comprising a total of 985 low- and moderate-income affordable housing units, along with a host of new retail, community and recreation spaces. Phase I of the development will begin in 2015 and will include construction of the YMCA.

The new Y will provide thousands of local families and children with need-based programs and services, create local jobs and bolster neighborhood small businesses, and bring volunteers, community leaders and donors to the area.

The new branch’s 48,000 square foot facility will feature a state-of-the-art aquatics center, fitness studios, wellness center, and community spaces. The branch will offer a range of programs catering to all age groups, including: afterschool programs, summer camp, an award-winning diabetes prevention program, nutrition, fitness, teen leadership programs, college access and readiness, and more.

This Y will have a strong focus on nutrition to help address the growing epidemics of type 2 diabetes and obesity in New York City and the South Bronx – an area with a high prevalence for both these related and largely preventable conditions.

“We are very happy to join the City of New York and our developer partners to bring much-needed community and recreation space and resources to the South Bronx, one of the City’s most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods,” said Jack Lund, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater New York. “The Y opened its first branch in the Bronx 36 years ago and we are pleased to have been chosen to create a new sister branch. The Y is now part of a special partnership that will create a safe community meeting space and hundreds of affordable housing units, while also convening residents, donors, volunteers, and business for years to come.”

New Branch Builds Upon an Unprecedented Campaign to Bring YMCAs to Underserved Communities

The YMCA has an ambitious agenda of expanding its presence in the City’s most underserved communities through new or renovated facility space and programing; and offering new programs aimed at addressing emerging and critical social issues. In addition to a new YMCA community center, the project will bring nearly 1,000 units of low- and moderate-income rental housing and supportive housing, 45,000 square feet of new retail space, a parking garage, community services and open space, and even a “GrowNYC” rooftop garden to this traditionally underserved neighborhood.

The Y is partnering on this project with a development team that includes: BRP Companies; the Hudson Companies; the Kretchmer Org/ELH Mgmt; Related Companies; and Common Ground/Comunilife. FXFOWLE architects and MHG architects are the project’s designers.

“We are especially delighted to learn about the Y’s role in the La Central project on the heels of creating two brand new facilities – one in Coney Island, opened just last week, and one in the Rockaways, set to open in February,” said Mr. Lund.

In addition, to further increase the Y’s presence in the Bronx and its services to Bronx residents, the Y is also conducting negotiations with the city to construct another new branch in the Williamsbridge/Edenwald section of the borough.

About the YMCA of Greater New York

The YMCA of Greater New York is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves New York City’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In scores of neighborhoods across the five boroughs and its camp upstate, the Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower more than 400,000 New Yorkers to learn, grow and thrive. Visit ymcanyc.org. Twitter: @ymcanyc Facebook: facebook.com/ymcanyc

Contacts

YMCA of Greater New York
Ellen Murphy, 212-630-9699
emurphy@ymcanyc.org

A street-level look at the new YMCA that is part of the La Central development in the Bronxchester urban renewal area. (Photo: Business Wire)

A street-level look at the new YMCA that is part of the La Central development in the Bronxchester urban renewal area. (Photo: Business Wire)

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YMCA of Greater New York
Ellen Murphy, 212-630-9699
emurphy@ymcanyc.org