March 23, 2010

YMCA-run Community Center Approved 7-1

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ymca-approved (snovalleystar.com) Snoqualmie City Council approved a deal for the YMCA to run a city-owned community center on Snoqualmie Ridge. The decision followed several years of negotiations.

The agreement is not binding, but rather lays out what the YMCA of Greater Seattle would be responsible for in running a community center.

Opponents to the YMCA agreement said they felt ignored by the city.

“It goes legal,” Snoqualmie Ridge resident George Isaacs said after the meeting.

He and other residents and business owners have voiced concerns with the city’s plans at several public meetings over the past two months. Their concerns have covered a broad range of issues, including the plan’s costs, the size of the proposed site, parking and traffic.

However, City Council members felt confident about moving forward with the agreement and passed it 7-0.

The center would be 9,500-13,000 square feet after its first phase, which is expected to cost about $4 million and include a meeting room, half-sized gymnasium, fitness facility and youth room. A second phase, estimated to cost $10 million, would include a pool.

The city’s plan is to have the YMCA build the facility, which Snoqualmie would then buy from the group and lease back to it. The YMCA would then operate the community center. The Seattle YMCA is ready to sign the agreement with the city.

A tentative agreement has been reached between the city and the YMCA that would reduce monthly user fees by 15 percent and the joining cost by 50 percent for Snoqualmie residents.

[Read the full article at snovalleystar.com]

Jeff Jones writes about a wide range of topics, but has a particular interest in computers, technology, science fiction, poker and chai tea lattes. He moved to Snoqualmie in 2006, he works for a little company in Redmond during the day and spends the rest of the time with family and friends.

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