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February 11, 2013

Council to hear again from YMCA committee

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council is set to hear again Tuesday from a committee working on plans for a combined YMCA and event center.

The committee is hoping the proposed $15 million project can be placed on the May municipal election ballot.

The Council is scheduled to hear a presentation from Jerry Ransom, the committee’s chairman, during Tuesday’s regular agenda, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is also set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

No votes concerning the project are included on Tuesday’s agenda. The Council has until March 1 to decide whether to add the project to the May 11 ballot.

The committee is also scheduled to make a presentation to the Hunt County Commissioners Court Tuesday morning.

Organizers believe the combined venue would help both serve the needs of local residents, while also bringing in revenue from hosting conferences, trade shows and more.

The proposal calls for a 70,000 square foot combined facility, with a hotel style lobby, restrooms, porte-cochere, truck service entrance and storage space for tables and chairs. 

When used as an events center the gymnasium would seat 600 people at round tables of 10. It would include a triple gym with walking track, climbing wall, indoor recreation and lap pool, wellness center, IT center, teen center and service areas designated exclusively for YMCA partnerships.

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