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Opening of Quincy's new YMCA delayed until Dec. 2

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 18, 2013 11:12 AM

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DPP_0004 (6)-13613-13614.JPG Quincy will be without a YMCA until December, with an announcement that construction on the new facility has been delayed.

Plans were to open the $30 million, 120,000-square-foot building on Oct. 31, but problems with the soil, along with difficulties getting permanent power set up in the building, has pushed the open date to Dec. 2.

Click here to see a photo gallery of the new YMCA facility under construction.

“We understand the unforeseen closure of our old facility while construction is completed has been extremely challenging and inconvenient for our members and we regret to inform you of this delay,” YMCA staff said in an email release. “Please know we are doing everything in our power to open the doors to our new, state-of-the-art facility as soon as possible.”

Branch employees said they would continue to accommodate their members in whatever ways they could in the interim, including allowing Quincy Y members to have access to all other YMCAs free of charge.

Aquatics staff will continue to be available to members at the Lincoln Hancock Community School Pool, and the Quincy Learning Center will continue to operate out of a temporary classroom space at Germantown Neighborhood Center.

After-school and Community Center programs will operate as usual at all sites, and accommodations will be made on winter programs soon.

As for membership fees, monthly membership payments have not been taken during the closure, which has been ongoing since the old YMCA building closed on Sept. 3 due to a burst pipe.

All Aug. 30 bank drafts and fall program registration fees have been returned, and members who pay an annual fee will receive an extension to their membership for the amount of time they were without facility access.

Officials at the YMCA also said they have continued to pay all their employees during the closure.

Regardless of the difficulties and frustrations, officials said they were still excited about the new building chugging towards completion on Coddington Street.

“The new Quincy facility project has been many years in the making, and together our Y community has been faced with, and has overcome, many obstacles in our journey to make this facility a reality,” staff said in the release. “As we approach the final weeks of construction, we'd like to express our deepest gratitude for your ongoing support as a member of the South Shore YMCA community through both the good and the challenging times.”

For questions, concerns or membership inquiries, please call the Quincy YMCA Hotline at 617-479-8500 or email quincysupport@ssymca.org. For Learning Center inquiries, please call 617-328-3087. The Afterschool Department can be reached at its Eastern Nazarene College Old Colony Campus office at 617-481-4477.

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