Quincy’s South Shore YMCA will be closed until Sept. 15 to allow for the repair of a burst pipe in the building’s basement and power outage.
YMCA members are being encouraged to use other area YMCAs in the interim while staff work to resolve the problems, according to an announcement on the organization’s website.
“The Y continues to work proactively to address all issues and find the best solution to ensure members and the community regain access to a safe and fully-functional facility in a timely manner,” the website states. “Updates on the status of the branch will be posted to the South Shore YMCA website and social media accounts as they become available.”
The building, which caters to over 11,000 members, has been shut down since Sept. 3.
According to South Shore YMCA marketing director Sara Trubiano, the pipe burst in the basement, causing four feet of water to flood out electrical equipment and to hault motors.
"What's happening now because it's taking so long to pump the water out of the basement, we don’t have a full assessment to the extent of the damage," Trubiano said. "So on Tuesday, [Sept.] 10, we’ll have a team of experts come in, including electricians, once the water has been pumped out and they will be able to assess how bad the electrical is."
That assessment will determine how long the building will remain closed and how expensive potential fixes may be.
The new $30 million YMCA building is set to open in October next door, yet it was unclear if YMCA staff would just wait for the new building rather than fix the old.
"We’re going to wait for the information as it becomes available on Tuesday to figure out alternate solutions if they are needed for the longer term," Trubiano said.
Until then, programs have been shuffled around at partner facilities to cater to members. Learning Center students have been redirected to off-site classroom locations. Details on where parents should send their kids can be found here.
Quincy Afterschool Program sites will continue to operate as usual during this time, Trubiano said.
Fall Program classes have been canceled for the first week, including indoor and outdoor activities.
Those looking to exercise have been invited to the Emilson Branch at Hanover for no cost. The Strypers Swim Program is also scheduled to practice in Hanover.
“Members can also take advantage of the ‘My Y is Every Y’ reciprocity program at this time, which gives our members access to all Y's located throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut,” the website states.
Trubiano said once the building was up and running, the Y would make a decision on how to compensate for members who already paid for programming.
For more updates on the closure, click here.