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Officials hold groundbreaking for new $28 million west Louisville YMCA facility

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials held a groundbreaking event Thursday for a new, $28 million YMCA facility, and it's is expected to be larger than originally planned.

The new west Louisville YMCA will be located at the intersection of South 17th Street and West Broadway. It will be called the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA, and officials released renderings Thursday morning of what it will look like when it's done.

It was originally supposed to be a 62,000-square-foot facility, but the plans have grown to a nearly 78,000-square-foot facility. There will be additional space for a larger gymnasium, pool, meeting rooms and space for programs and services. 

The building will also be home to Norton Health Care, Republic Bank, ProRehab Physical Therapy and a counseling facility called Family & Children's Place.  

"Each partner, including the YMCA, went up about 10 to15 percent in their space used," said Greater Louisville YMCA CEO, Steve Tarver. "Everyone's vision expanded."

The new Y will be on the same lot where the old Philip Morris Cigarette plant used to sit. That plant shut down in 1999. Now, officials say the property will be used to improve the health of the neighborhood. 

"Our teacher says we're going to be able to play sports leagues and learn how to swim, gymnastics, flips everything we dreamed of," said 11-year-old Antonio Brown, who lives in the neighborhood. "It makes me feel excited and a good feeling. I have the butterflies right now."

Construction is scheduled to wrap up in the middle of 2019. 

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