The Towson Family Center Y is gearing up to start its redevelopment efforts in late October.
Construction on the new Y is expected to continue for about a year, said Beverly Landis, the Towson Y's district executive director, in a statement.
According to the statement, the following changes will occur in the next few months:
- The tennis court fence will come down, and other minor site changes.
- The Chesapeake Avenue entrance to the Y's parking lot will close in about three months. Patrons are asked to use the Allegheny Avenue entrance for entering and exiting the property.
- An alternative entrance will be used at some point during construction.
The $12 million new green construction, which will be located where the tennis courts are currently, will include an 8,000 square-foot fitness center (the current one is 1,500 square feet), new multipurpose space, a climbing wall and a salt-water pool. There will also be increased parking.
The design plan was tweaked to accommodate residents who were concerned about lighting and the building's height. Residents had also filed for a public hearing on Oct. 2 at the Jefferson building concerning the project, but eventually came to an agreement with the Y and it was canceled.
The old building, an aging facility which opened in the 1960s, will evenutally be demolished. Discussions to create a new Y started about 15 years ago.