Saturday, November 22, 2014

New YMCA/Elementary School/City Park Planned for Meridian

Posted By on Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 11:14 AM

A new project near Eagle and Amity roads in Meridian will incorporate a new YMCA, a city park and an elementary school. According to Boise State Public Radio, the project will be built on 22 acres of donated land.

The Treasure Valley YMCA told BSPR that the new South Y will be the first YMCA built in the Treasure Valley in nine years—since the completion of the Caldwell YMCA. It will be about the same size as the existing Y's in Boise.

According to the Idaho Business Review, the conversation about expansion began at the YMCA back in 2005, but was tabled when the economy soured. After conducting a survey of local residents and Y members, the organization settled on Meridian as the location for the new facility. 

It will include a pool and a gym, and serve about 15,000 members.

The Meridian Press reports that the YMCA is working on a $40 million fundraising campaign, about half of which will finance the Meridian project. The land for the project was donated by a Meridian couple and land developer. 

The campus will also include a new elementary school for the West Ada School District. The Meridian Press reported that the West Ada School District bond committee plans to present a $96 million bond proposal to district trustees on Dec. 16—$8 million less than a similar bond that failed to pass an election in August. About $12 million of the bond will go toward building the new elementary school.

The J.A. and Katherine Albertson Foundation donated $4 million to start the project.

"The reason why this is such an extraordinary project from our perspective is that it's a collaborative effort between many different organizations; government, nonprofit and philanthropy," Jamie MacMillan, president of the Albertson Foundation, told BSPR. "[They're] coming together to leverage their resources and provide a great campus and experience for families and kids." 

The cost of the project and expected construction start date have not been determined yet.

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