Officials broke ground on the West Broadway YMCA today, Oct. 19. | Courtesy Luckett & Farley

For years, executives with the YMCA of Greater Louisville have worked with partners to design and find funding for a brand new location on West Broadway. Today, that project is a tangible reality.

YMCA of Greater Louisville CEO Steve Tarver, along with civic and business leaders, broke ground on the $28 million Republic Bank Foundation YMCA, at 1700 W. Broadway. The funding for the project came from federal New Market Tax Credits from out-of-state institutions and an undisclosed donation from the Republic Bank Foundation for naming rights.

“This is a really exciting day for all of Louisville, as this new YMCA will bring new life and vibrancy to an important corridor on Broadway,” said Mayor Greg Fischer in a news release. “We are very grateful to the Y for its commitment to our core city value of improving the health of our community, and for their partnership in making sure that opportunity is extended to people in all neighborhoods.”

The new YMCA is slated to open in mid-2019, but local architecture and engineering firm Luckett & Farley created a video to give people a tour of what the new location will look like.

Once complete, the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA will span 77,500 square feet — an increase of 15,500 square feet from previous plans. The large footprint will allow for a larger gymnasium and increased aquatic facilities, meeting rooms and space for programs and services, the release stated.

In addition to the gym facilities, the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA will house Norton Healthcare, Republic Bank & Trust, ProRehab Physical Therapy, and Family and Children’s Place as tenants that will provide services to YMCA members and nearby residents.

“Our plan for West Louisville is to create a community hub where residents can access vital services and where they can belong,” Tarver said in the release.

The YMCA of Greater Louisville also plans to partner with Roosevelt-Perry and Wheatley elementary schools, which are located nearby. The details haven’t been worked out but could include swimming classes, nutritional instruction and other education courses.

The Republic Bank Foundation YMCA is expected to have 200,000 visitors annually.

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Caitlin Bowling
Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]