One of the area’s biggest, busiest and most iconic YMCA locations is being torn down and replaced by apartments in White Plains.
Last April, officials from the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester announced that it would be selling its home at 250 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains. They stated that their intention was to move to a non-facility YMCA model that could offer new services for members.
A Tennessee-based developer purchased the property in October last year and announced plans to tear down the building and replace it with an eight-story multi-family building with nearly 175 apartment units, additional amenities, ground floor retailers and on-site parking.
The proposal includes plans for studio, one, two and three-bedroom units and more than 2,100-square-feet in retail space. There would also be a four-story parking garage with nearly 275 spaces that would be accessible from Mamaroneck Avenue.
The proposal still requires approval from the city’s Zone of Appeals and the White Plains Common Council. According to reports, Southern Land, which purchased the property, is assisting residents in finding new housing.
As opposed to spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on infrastructure upgrades, improvements and repairs at the old building, the new model will allow the YMCA to spend that money on growing and expanding services that it provides to the community.
According to officials, “the goal of the program is to extend the impact of the YMCA in pursuit of its mission - to enrich each and every life through a unique, dynamic combination of programs that strengthens spirit, mind and body.”
“Given the unsustainable costs of maintaining this aging building, we felt this was our best option to continue offering our many services to our valued members,” Cynthia Rubino, the President and CEO of the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester stated. “Over the last four years, we have invested more than $1 million in this aging infrastructure. These funds would be better spent bringing vital services to our community at various locations throughout our service area.”
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