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YMCA To Stay Put And Will Sell Homer Avenue Site

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The Cortland YMCA had hoped to expand and move its child and healthcare programs to create more room at its Tompkins Street location.

The Y even purchased 186 Homer Avenue, the old shopping plaza next to the Fairgrounds.

The Y planned to use the location to expand its child and healthcare and add more programming, partnerships fell through and the organization couldn’t raise enough money for renovations.

“Looking at the community and how much money we might realistically be expected to raise in order to do that, the decision was made by the board to list the property and sell it,” said Executive Director David Hamilton.

“So that’s somewhat disappointing that that’s not in the future, at least at that site. But, really, when I was hired by the board here it was fairly obvious to a lot of people that that’s the direction that things were headed.”

The Y announced Monday it would sell the Homer Avenue site and concentrate on finding ways to make room for new members on Tompkins Street.

“We certainly will be looking at any properties that adjoin our current Y property to see if those are possibilities for the future in terms of expansion.”

Hamilton says there are plans to make the Y more accessible and that work may begin as soon as this spring or summer.

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