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Wapakoneta YMCA breaks ground on $2.7 million expansion

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Monday marked the groundbreaking for the Wapakoneta YMCA expansion project. Monday marked the groundbreaking for the Wapakoneta YMCA expansion project.
CEO of the YMCA Josh Little said it won't be completed now until spring 2020 and Little said the delay was to make sure all partners are accommodated. CEO of the YMCA Josh Little said it won't be completed now until spring 2020 and Little said the delay was to make sure all partners are accommodated.
Part of the expansion includes renovations to the original building, but services that will be impacted are not yet known. Part of the expansion includes renovations to the original building, but services that will be impacted are not yet known.

Monday marked the groundbreaking for the Wapakoneta YMCA expansion project.

The YMCA was able to raise just under $2.8 million for the project. The expansion was announced in February expected to be completed in August next year. CEO of the YMCA Josh Little said it won't be completed now until spring 2020 and Little said the delay was to make sure all partners are accommodated. The 27,000 sq ft will expand Mercy Health's services, new workout spaces and offices, Nourish U and Coffe Amor will be opening locations in the new structure and United Way of Auglaize County will be moving in.

"I think it's excitement," said Little. "We started this process over three years ago with some early conversations with our partners. To see us here, to move some dirt, even symbolically, I think it means a lot to us, it means a lot to the community and a lot to our donors that gave a lot of time talent and treasure to get us here today. So we're pretty excited."

Part of the expansion includes renovations to the original building, but services that will be impacted are not yet known.

"We would anticipate some interruptions to services, we're still kind of waiting on the final timeline and certainly trying to figure out. We want to have a place where members can go and still utilize facilities during that time. So we're still working on the plan, we should be able to announce that pretty soon. Some temporary facilities or what exactly will be impacted."

With the expansion, the Council on Rural Services will be moving their pre-school classrooms to the YMCA as well. The splash pad was not included in the final plans.

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