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Quincy YMCA receives city approvals, choses general contractor

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  January 11, 2012 01:41 PM

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Quincy’s South Shore YMCA branch has received the final approvals from city boards to go ahead with construction of a state-of-the-art, 118,000-square-foot facility next to the Y's existing building on Coddington Street.

Y officials expect to be breaking ground in the next few months. Tthe new facility should be up and running by 2013.

“We are pleased with our continued progress with this project,” South Shore YMCA
President and CEO Paul Gorman said. “The South Shore Y is dedicated to strengthening the Quincy community, and we know that this new complex will allow us to do so much more for the thousands of individuals we serve on a daily basis.”

Officials described the Conservation Commission and Planning Board vetting as “extensive”, and since receiving the go-ahead have chosen Callahan Inc. of Bridgewater to be the general contractor for the project.

A privately held, full-service construction firm, Callahan has completed a number of notable projects in the region, including the new Hanover High School and athletic facilities in Hanover.

According to a press release, the high school was completed ahead of schedule and significantly under budget.

The company will be taking bids for the YMCA project from trade subcontractors in the near future, YMCA staff said, bringing in approximately 250-300 construction jobs into the city.

Although the dreams of the proposed $25 million facility are grand – including community areas, an early learning center, a field house, health care partner center, aquatics center, health and wellbeing center, and locker rooms – the funding has yet to catch up.

The endeavor is still only 1/3 of the way funded, as staff members and volunteers work to bolster their bottom line in fund-raising. Yet officials remain optimistic that when the community truly understands what is happening on Coddington Street, they will step up to help.

“Most people think of the Y as somewhere to go and work out or take a dip in the pool, but we are so much more than that today,” said Chairman of the Board Dan DeMarco. “We are working to inspire and educate different generations about how to live a healthier life, giving individuals with disabilities an opportunity for more recreational activities, and helping parents and seniors learn more about how to live a healthier lifestyle.”

The new facility will serve an additional 5,000 children and families in the area, and be twice as large as the existing building.

The new spaces will also enable additional focus on the arts, wellness, and leadership programs.

“The new building will also allow the Y to enhance its unique focus on those individuals in the region with developmental and physical disabilities, something the current facility has been unable to fully accommodate,” said a press release.

The existing Y will be fully operational while construction occurs. Parking will be moved to accommodate construction, but there will be spaces to park for patrons.

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