Louisville, KY (WDRB News) -- It will be a fun place to stay fit and have some family fun. Construction continues on what will be the eleventh YMCA in Louisville.
The new Y is being built at Norton Commons in eastern Jefferson County, an area that continues to enjoy rapid residential growth. The Y is investing $13 million to build a 44,000 square foot red brick building on 12 acres of land at Norton Commons.
David Heard, the Vice President of Development for the YMCA, explains why the non-profit organization chose the Norton Commons site.
"We did market research and tested a number of the growing parts of the Louisville area," says Heard, "and this site tested highest as the most families, children, and adults who would be interested and take advantage of the programs offered by the new Y."
Because of the warm and dry winter, construction is ahead of schedule and far enough along where you can see the overhead track and two swimming pools that will be part of the newest Y in the region.
"We'll have an indoor track," says Heard, "but much larger than at any of our other locations, and we'll have two swimming pools, one with the cool water lap pool, as well as a warm weather therapy and family pool with a large water slide.
The developers of Norton Commons say their planned community continues to grow at a steady rate so the new Y should have plenty of customers.
"This Y coming here has been huge for us," says Charles Osborn of the Norton Development Company. He adds, "We've got about 50 homes under construction right now, and we have about 50 more on the books that are ready to start, we have brought in the heavy construction equipment to prepare additional lots."
Osborn says Norton Commons has grown to about 500 homes with more than a thousand residents. He predicts it will be another decade before the traditional town development is completed.
Meantime, the new Norton Commons YMCA is expected to open by early next year.
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