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Eau Claire YMCA eyeing new location to build


Eau Claire (WQOW)- The YMCA is re-vamping its plans for a new building. After years of fundraising for a new facility near Carson Park the Y is looking at a brand new location.

The Y is planning to propose a land swap to the city council on Tuesday. The original plan was for the Y to build a new facility on land it purchased near the Menomonie Street entrance to Carson Park. However, that plan received negative feedback from residents who don't want to see the natural beauty of the area disturbed. The Y now is focused on a site near the Galloway and Birch Street intersection of River Prairie Drive.

"It doesn't obviously have the lake, but it does have the river, it's right on the bike trail, easy access of the bike path. So we feel this is a very viable site, and we look forward to getting a building built," said Ken Van Es the Executive Director of the YMCA.

After the city council hears the proposal, it is expected to refer the issue to the Waterways and Parks Commission. The Y says the cost to build a new facility in the River Prairie Drive area would be around $15 million. So far, they've raised about $8 million.

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