Expansion of Southeast Nebraska YMCA in Beatrice on schedule

BEATRICE – The construction of an addition to the Southeast Nebraska YMCA in Beatrice, is humming along.

"Before with the renovation you kind of had to guess where things were going to be, but now with the steel beams and that kind of thing going up, you can really see the shape that it's starting to take. On our upper level where our wellness center is, will be almost seven thousand square feet, our studies have floors and you can tell exactly where they're going to be located."

YMCA Executive Director Alison Leonard says the Wellness Center floor has been extended. An elevator shaft has been installed and a new mini-gym is taking shape.  Leonard says one of the next steps is to study furniture possibilities for the new addition. She says an area that may have the most impact is an improved lobby area.

"It's going to have very tall, open lit ceilings and be very spacious. I would say that the other portion that people are going to drop their mouths to, is our wellness center. Our old wellness center was almost three thousand square feet. This one is going to be almost seven-thousand square feet. We've ordered our equipment."

Leonard says the generosity of the community has been outstanding, in support of the expansion. "We're at $4.6 million....our goal is $6 million. We continue to have fundraising opportunities."

The YMCA and its foundation hope to tap into a new state law meant to assist non-profit organizations with building projects. Leonard says if matching funds can be received through the use of the new state law, the YMCA would be able to add a warm water pool....a third phase of the project.

Leonard says the YMCA is working on holding a Trivia Night, October 23rd, at a yet-to-be-determined location, to help with fundraising.  As for the overall expansion, most of the first phase should be completed at the end of this year, with locker room work undertaken next spring. If matching funds are received with the use of the new state law, work on the pool area could follow.