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$3M for YMCA fix-up

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It will take more than $3 million to restore the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) to its former glory. President Antonio Elcock made the announcement on Wednesday during a general meeting at the headquarters at Pinfold Street, The City.

Almost two years ago, the derelict auditorium was demolished, wiping away over 100 years of memories.

The new auditorium will come at a cost of $3 million, while the external work, inclusive of lighting, security and other fittings was approximated at $340 000.

This year Elcock will be stepping down after serving three terms as the head of the 138-year old organisation. But despite his upcoming departure, he challenged the organisation to continue to strive to reach young people by revamping many of its programmes and clubs in order to survive.

“We have not worked diligently enough to generate certain elements under the governance such as an integrated budget. We have not succeeded yet in expanding the membership by at least 25 per cent and not being able to fully and effectively reach the target audience of  six to 16-year-olds.

“As we re-purpose the YMCA to meet the current needs of the public, the clubs, if they are to survive and obtain relevancy, will have to undergo some introspection. The social outreach of the club needs to be stepped up and to also create imaginative and innovative programmes capable of attracting sponsors and playing public as well as children and young adults,” he added.

Tony Brooks of Tony Brooks Architects Ltd was among the presenters and he discussed the phases of the project.  The facility will be equipped with public washrooms, changing rooms and access for the disabled.

The auditorium is set to have seating for 600 people with the capability of hosting national sports games as well as entertainment events. In effort to generate revenue, he added that there will be accommodation that can be rented. (TG)

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