The Andover/North Andover YMCA broke ground last Friday on a $21 million expansion of its Haverhill Street facility.
The project will double the existing facility space, meeting both the current and the anticipated future needs of the community. The new YMCA will feature a number of enhancements, including a new childcare development center, an expanded aquatics facility, active living center for older adults, expanded wellness center, an active learning center and a rehabilitation center operated by Lawrence General Hospital.
There are currently 8,000 members who attend the Andover/North Andover facility, with more expected. Existing programs will remain open during construction. The project also calls for the creation a new access road and additional parking. It is expected to be completed in approximately 16 months.
Among those present at the groundbreaking were Sens. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, and Kathleen O’Connor Ives, D-Newburyport; Reps. Bradley Jones Jr., R-North Reading, and Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester; Andover Town Manager Reginald Stapczynski, Andover selectmen, North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor, Merrimack Valley YMCA President and CEO Stephen Ives, and leadership donor Rosalyn Wood. NECN-TV chief meteorologist, Matt Noyes served as master of ceremonies.
Some of the topics discussed during the program included the details of the expansion, construction plans, philanthropic efforts and community engagement.
The $21 million cost of the expansion is being paid for through fundraising efforts and tax-exempt bond financing provided by Enterprise Bank. The nonprofit YMCA will continue its fundraising efforts, which stand at about $5.7 million. The Y has a goal of $7 million to complement its $14 million in financing.
With its headquarters located in Lawrence, the Merrimack Valley YMCA is represented by the Andover/North Andover YMCA, the Lawrence YMCA, the Methuen YMCA, Camp Lawrence and Camp Nokomis on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee and Day Camp Otter in Salem, N.H.