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  • YMCA closing leaves a void in EJC

  • The Independence Family YMCA will close as part of a revitalization plan by the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.



    The organization announced Tuesday that it will build a new YMCA in downtown Kansas City and renovate buildings on Linwood in Kansas City and in Atchison, Kan.

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  • The Independence Family YMCA will close as part of a revitalization plan by the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.
    The organization announced Tuesday that it will build a new YMCA in downtown Kansas City and renovate buildings on Linwood in Kansas City and in Atchison, Kan.
    YMCA is also closing the Richard C. Green Sr. Family YMCA on Missouri 350 in Raytown and the Eighth Street Family YMCA in Kansas City, Kan. All three YMCA branches – which the Y described as “challenged” – will close after the final day of business on April 12.
    That leaves the Eastern Jackson County area with one YMCA branch, the Blue Springs Family YMCA adjacent to Blue Springs South High School on Adams Dairy Parkway.
    The Y said the revitalization plan was based on 24 months of research. The 2,400 memberships at the three branches will have the option of transferring to another YMCA location.
    There is no word yet on the fate of the Independence building, which is at 14001 E. 32nd St. South, adjoining the property of Truman High School and across from the U.S. Post Office.
    Independence Schools Superintendent Jim Hinson said the district has had preliminary conversations with the YMCA about potentially annexing the building into the district or even partnering with the YMCA to continue offering services. The proximity to Truman High School, he said, is certainly desirable.
    “We certainly have an interest in acquiring the property,” he said. “But the likelihood of that happening is probably no.”
    Hinson said in initial conversations with the YMCA, it does not seem like they are interested in individually selling the three facilities that are being closed.
    “It would be beneficial for the school district to secure the location since it is basically on Truman High School’s campus,” he said. “But right now, there does not seem to be much interest (from the YMCA).”
    Independence City Manager Robert Heacock said many factors must be considered before the city would consider purchasing a facility such as the Y.
    Heacock said YMCA officials explained the rationale behind the Independence closing and what the future might hold for the region. However, the city hasn’t talked with the Independence School District or any other potential partner regarding the facility’s future.
    “In terms of the city of purchasing or operating a facility like that, it’s premature for the city – we haven’t had time to see what the long-term plans for the YMCA will be in this region or evaluate the need,” Heacock said. “We don’t have enough information at this point to know if it would warrant the city being involved in either acquiring or operating a new facility.
    “We certainly know that there are a lot of people being serviced by that, and it’s disappointing to see a facility that has served so many people for so many years to have to close its doors.”
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