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Greater Beverly YMCA Expansion
The Greater Beverly YMCA is conducting a $6.5 million Capital Campaign, "Building a Better Community." Capital construction will focus on a new Education Center and an expanded Healthy Living Center. The Y is doing amazing work, but an expanded facility will allow us to better serve families through achievement gap prevention programming; obesity-prevention; health & wellness services; expanded teen center; outreach programs; and more. Please continue to visit this website for progress updates and ways you can be part of making this dream a reality!
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are we building?
We are building a new two-story YMCA Education Center with 6,470 square feet on each floor. The first floor has 2 infant rooms, 1 infant/toddler room and 6 toddler rooms for a total of 9 early education classrooms plus a gross motor skills room. The second floor has 4 academic achievement classrooms. One of these rooms will be used by our half-day preschool program. We are expanding the Healthy Living Center at the Sterling Facility. This two-story addition will add 3,600 square feet on each floor. We are also renovating 10,000 square feet of the original building. Changes include a new lobby, expanded Kid’s Club, expanded family locker room, expanded group exercise studios, elevator in the front of the building, expanded functional training space, expanded physical therapy and expanded fitness space.
Why are we expanding?
This is an amazing project that will solve our community’s most pressing needs for access to affordable, high-quality childcare and for easy access to health and wellness opportunities all while having an improved member experience. We currently have over 125 children on a childcare waitlist and have run out of space in our fitness area, Kid’s Club, exercise studios, community spaces and family locker room. All of these needs will be addressed with this project.
How long is the construction timeline?
Construction begins March 27, 2017 with an anticipated completion date of January, 2018
Each day what will the arrival and departure of the construction crews typically be?
Crews will typically arrive by 7am and depart between 3:30pm-4:00pm
How do these projects really affect our day -to-day operations?
Every effort will be made to avoid significant interruptions to program or the member experience. Parking spaces will be lost to the project and staff will need to park furthest from the buildings to give easy access to members and childcare parents.
Will there be enough parking spaces remaining for members, programs and employees on a daily basis?
Yes, however, the walk to the facility from the parking lot may be longer during construction.
Is there any plan or consideration for a traffic person in front of either building at peak pick up and drop off times?
To prevent an increase in congestion at the main entrance, all construction vehicles will be entering and exiting the property at a location other than the main Sterling Y entrance. We will monitor the situation and address parking and traffic issues if they arise.
At the end of the project what will be our new capacity for members and for education?
With an additional 3,600 square feet of fitness space, a double in size of the lobby, the family locker room, kid’s club and expanded group exercise studios, there will be plenty of space for our 11,000 members. We will be adding 30 new licensed childcare spots and will be bringing the Cabot Early Learning Center to the Sterling Campus to total 225 total childcare slots at Sterling.
Will there be blasting involved in the construction?
We do not anticipate blasting, but are doing all of the preparations in case we need to do so once the land gets cleared.
Do you anticipate the publicity of the project to be covered across all media types? TV, Radio, Social Media, Print?
Yes. We hope to spread the word of this amazing project in all media outlets.
Do you think that there will be negative publicity attached to the project?
With any change, there will be bumps in the road. However, this project will be a significant community resource and we will all be better for it.
Where are we in the process of raising money for this project? Did we raise all of the money?
We began a $6.5MM fundraising campaign in January, 2016. As of March, we are at $4.0MM toward that goal. We will continue to raise funds through 2017 and beyond if necessary.
Will we be changing the entrance and exit to our parking lot at the finish of the project..e.g. entrance only will be through 272 Essex and the exit only will be at 254 Essex?
At this time, there is no plan to create a new entrance/egress at 272 Essex Street.
Is there any consideration of installing traffic lights on Essex Street?
We are constantly looking at ways to mediate the traffic congestion at our main entrance.
Where is the fish tank going?
The fish tank will be displayed prominently in our new lobby.
What changes will the vegetation on our grounds undergo?
Some of the shrubs and trees will be removed, but most will be replaced once the construction is complete.
Will the Education and Child Care at Cabot Street be moved to the new building?
Yes, the Y Early Learning Center will relocate to the Sterling campus once the new Education Center is complete.
What will happen to the Cabot Street facility when all of the child care and education programming is moved to the new building?
We are looking at expanding and improving our affordable housing units at the Cabot Y once the Early Learning Center moves to Sterling. Additionally, the Cabot Y houses our Association Offices, but currently does not have adequate space for all Association employees so we are renting space. We plan to add administrative space for Association employees so the entire headquarters group is in a single location.
Will there be transportation for the children and families currently at Cabot once they are moved to the new building?
We are currently looking into this.
If anyone would like to pose a question is there a vehicle for sending that question(s) to the appropriate person or people? Member or Employee?
Will the current memorial benches be removed and relocated during this project?
Yes, the benches will be relocated to the front of the new expansion.
Will there be additional elevators?
Yes, there will be a new elevator at the front of the new addition of the Sterling Center.
Will there be new heating and cooling systems for the Healthy Living building?
Yes, there will be new HVAC systems to serve the addition and renovated spaces.
Is there any amenity that will be lost in the transition to the new facility?
We plan to add amenities and improve all current amenities available to members.
After years of study, the volunteer Board of the Greater Beverly Y has determined that current community needs are significant and we need to expand to meet these growing needs:
- 28,000 children in MA are on a waitlist for early education and after school care.
- 1/3 of children in our community are overweight or obese.
- By the end of 3rd grade, 4 out of 5 low-income students fail to read proficiently.
- The CDC projects that 1 in 3 adults could have diabetes by 2050.
- 24% of people in our community come from economically disadvantaged households, not able to afford vital services they need.
This expansion builds a better community....
- Preschoolers will benefit from new education classroom space.
- School-age children will benefit from expanded afterschool programming on the 2nd floor.
- Working families will benefit from the new affordable and quality early education center to nurture and develop their children during working hours.
- Students struggling academically will benefit from expanded Achievement-Gap Reduction programs, including Summer Learning Loss Prevention.
- Health seekers will benefit from new opportunities, disease prevention programs, and expanded space.
- Y members will benefit from expanded programs, increased space, and more accessibility.
- The Y's new facilities will expand its reach and meet the needs of the economically disadvantaged who will benefit from vital programs and services.
The Y's goal for a new Healthy Living Center is to provide more health & wellness programming to improve quality of life for people of all ages in an expanded facility. With additional renovations to the current facility, our goal is to give Y members enhancements that meet the growing needs of all in our community.
Our goal for a new Education Center is to engage more youth in early learning and academic achievement programs to better prepare them for educational success. This project is so much more than bricks and mortar. It is an opportunity to meet the growing needs of our community and continue to be the place where all belong, regardless of income, age, race or ability.
Scope of Work
This new space will provide...
A New Education Center to impact learning for all ages.
- Nine (9) classrooms, for infant and toddler education
- Easy access for parent pick-up and drop-off
- State-of-the-art amenities for children with disabilities
- Four (4) second floor academic achievement classrooms
Expanded Healthy Living Center to improve the membership experience and meet our community's health and wellness needs.
- Additional 4,000-square feet of fitness space and new state-of-the-art equipment to get people healthy and keep them fit
- Expanded physical therapy center with easier accessibility
- New expanded group exercise studios for vital health and wellness programming
- Easily accessible elevator near new entrance
- Expanded Kid's Club babysitting space for families
- Expanded family locker rooms, doubling the space for families
- A healthy living cafe plus 2,000 square feet of new community space to gather with friends and neighbors
Campaign Steering Committee
We are grateful for the leadership, dedication and support of our committee:
Dane Poeske, Committee Chair
Caleb Loring, III, Campaign Chair