The YMCA of Youngstown’s Board of Trustees decided not to move forward with plans for building a new YMCA facility in Austintown.
The Growing Together Capital Campaign began in 2014 to renovate the Central YMCA downtown as well as construct the Austintown facility. According to the YMCA, $5 million of the funds raised were used for downtown renovations.
YMCA President and CEO Tom Gacse said the board decided to end its Austintown project because they were unable to generate enough funds to build the facility. In addition, he said a market analysis showed low demand for new memberships.
The YMCA facilities in downtown Youngstown and Boardman are currently serving over 1,700 members who are Austintown residents, according to the YMCA.
“I am in the process of contacting donors of the Growing Together Capital Campaign who designated their gifts to the Austintown project,” Gacse said in a statement released to the media on Tuesday. “I am pleased to report that many of those who made significant contributions to the Campaign remain committed to the YMCA’s mission and want those dollars used in alternate ways to impact the community.”