(WATCH) A approach to ‘wholesome residing’: Fundraising marketing campaign for YMCA undertaking in Batavia | Corporations

BATAVIA – While the fundraiser continues, construction of the YMCA Healthy Living Campus, a $ 30 million investment on the corner of Main Street and Bank Street, is expected to begin this fall.

At a press conference on Tuesday in front of the existing YMCA facility, Rob Walker, CEO of GLOW YMCA, said the goal was to complete the project in 2023.

“It usually takes 14 to 16 months. The reason there is a variable is that weather conditions in West New York are so unpredictable, ”he said of the construction.

The plans for the Healthy Living Campus – a collaboration between the YMCA and the Rochester Regional Health-United Memorial Medical Center – include a new state-of-the-art wellness center, indoor pool, group exercise studios, and gym with indoor running track. Teaching kitchen, indoor playground, youth rooms, living room and conference rooms. The partnership with UMMC will provide primary care, behavioral health / crisis intervention services, telemedicine integration, cancer prevention services, chronic disease support services and educational services in the same facility.

“The campus for healthy living will serve as the central point of contact for comprehensive health and wellness support under one roof. Expanding access to care in the community is more important than ever, and this partnership with the Y is an opportunity to bring convenience to children, families and people of all ages, ”said UMMC President Dan Ireland.

Collaborative services open up new program opportunities in chronic disease management, rehabilitation, mental health and community education.

“This new Y is for children, adults, families, and seniors in our ward. It will be a place where people from all walks of life come together to gather and improve their quality of life, ”said Walker. “Today we invite everyone to join this exciting campaign that will transform not just the lives of the people we serve, but the entire community.”

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The Y has already raised more than $ 11 million for a $ 14 million fundraising goal and is now calling on the community to support the $ 1 million public campaign goal.

“It is very exciting to think about the new healthy living campus and how it will affect the strength and future of our community. We can’t wait to see our friends and neighbors enjoy a brand new 21st century establishment with all of its natural light, spaces for socializing and just loads of positive energy. I can’t think of a better way to invest in the future of Batavia, ”said Paul Battaglia, chairman of the YMCA campaign.

YMCA Campaign Cabinet Member Peter Zeliff has hosted a community challenge in support of the new YMCA. By September, Zeliff will match dollar for dollar all new gifts up to $ 500,000.

“I firmly believe in this project and am excited to double the impact of new gifts as I know the tremendous benefits we will all get from this new YMCA and Healthy Living campus. I encourage the community to join me in supporting this exciting project, ”said Zeliff.

The timing of the project will ultimately be determined by the completion of the capital campaign, the YMCA said Tuesday. The only delay in the implementation of the project was due to COVID-19.

“By the time COVID hit, we had shifted our focus away from efforts to focus 100 percent of our efforts on serving the community in other ways during a crisis. That delayed it for obvious reasons, ”said Walker.

When the Healthy Living Campus is ready, the YMCA will be approximately 60,000 square feet and the UMMC will be approximately 20,000 square feet.

“You go in. When you go to a hospital service on an outpatient basis or go to the Y, everything is under one roof,” said Walker.

Walker said the healthy living campus will change downtown.

“That will change how Batavia feels and how it looks. I think it will give us all a confidence boost, ”he said. “Above all, it will have a huge impact on the next generation.

“We expect the number of people coming downtown to increase from around 2,000 a day – before COVID of course – to 6,000 a day,” said the CEO of the YMCA. “The other important part is the partnership. We will be able to provide programs and services that we have never done before with this great hospital. “

Walker also said the current YMCA building is outdated and not very handicap friendly.

“Of course we will have all of these functions in the new building,” he said. “We’ll meet a lot more people.”

Ireland said the collaboration started as an idea almost six years ago.

“When we sat down in the boardroom one day with Rob’s team and our team and listed all of the services we provided, we found many lines that pointed to one another and had an impact on our community,” he said. “It was a great partnership.

“If we look at our primary care center, which would grow and expand from what we offer at Batavia Primary Care today. We will enable more patient access, but also allow our doctors, nurses and our resident doctors to take advantage of working with the Y and incorporate wellness and fitness into the treatment regimens they care for patients, ”he said. “The teaching kitchen that we would like to have in the facility will be another way to host Y and ward members and patients of ours and help them learn to eat better and make it easier for them to prepare meals. .. and do a great education class. “

When the project is complete, the YMCA will move east to where it is now, Walker said.

“Cary Hall (a UMMC facility) will come down and the room that used to be Elks Lodge will be placed there,” he said. “The nice thing about this plan is that we can still function until that date. We’ll continue operations and as soon as this key is ready to open the new Y, we’ll just move next door. “

If the current YMCA is demolished, the site will be expanded to include the Healthy Living Campus in the future, Walker said.

When the new facility is ready and the current YMCA building is demolished, there will be a green space with additional parking spaces, according to the YMCA CEO.

“The nice thing about this location is that our members and visitors currently have to park us on the other side of Bank Street in the mall parking lot and in the city parking lot. It’s dangerous to come down a city street, ”he said. Walker said to the east and behind the campus there will be space for more than 300 parking spaces.

“Now there will be no more buses stopping on Bank Street to bring children, strollers and the elderly across Bank Street,” he said. “Everything will be contained on a campus that is well-lit and safely parked.”

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