Gibson County could get its first YMCA in early 2022 if all goes as planned.
After securing a donated building, the YMCA is moving forward with plans to open a facility in Princeton.
The North Gibson School Corporation recently approved a plan to donate the Lowell Elementary School building and land to the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana. The former school is located at 215 W Water Street in Princeton.
The project development comes after several years of negotiations and discussions with Gibson County leaders to bring a Y to the county. YMCA leaders paid for a full market feasibility study in 2018.
Now that the building and land deal has been hammered out, the YMCA is now considering renovations to the building to make it ready for the public in early 2022. The YMCA started a $2.1 million capital campaign for the renovations.
“We’re grateful and humbled by our partnership with North Gibson Schools, and we’re excited to move forward. Gibson County deserves a state-of-the-art facility that will serve its community needs. We envision a facility that will be accessible to all, financially, culturally, and also physically so we’re exploring universal design concepts that welcome and serve diversabilities", President & CEO of YMCA of Southwestern Indiana Johnathan Pope said in a press release.