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Huntington YMCA seeking zoning approval for new addition

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  April 24, 2012 12:18 PM

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The Huntington Avenue YMCA is taking its plan to rebuild its gym and pool before a city board to receive zoning approval for the project.

The YMCA is set to appear before the city Zoning Board of Appeal on Tuesday, May 8, at 9:30 a.m. It is seeking to demolish a 22,300-square-foot portion of the facility that houses its pool and squash courts and a portion of Bates Hall before building a new addition.

The new addition would be three stories high and 23,000 square feet and house modern basketball and handball courts, and lap and therapy pools. The Y also plans to renovate and update portions of its existing building.

The proposed addition would house pools and courts that are set to be demolished as part of a larger project to erect a $75 million, 17-story dormitory for Northeastern University on a portion of the property the Y is selling to Phoenix Property Co.

The dormitory project has been approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority but has faced ongoing resistance and criticism from Y members and neighbors who do not want to lose their facilities or see the historic building or community fundamentally changed.

The new addition is being considered by the city independently from the dormitory project. The dorm received support from the city as way to keep students from moving off campus.

Y officials have stressed that the sale of part of the building allows the organization to update the aging building and offer new programs and facilities.
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