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October 20, 2013

Council to receive another YMCA update

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council is expected to receive an update this week on the search for an architect and/or engineer for the new YMCA/event center facility.

City Manager Massoud Ebrahim intends to present an update on the status of submissions of statements of qualifications from firms interested in the project, as part of Tuesday’s regular council session, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is also set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The city advertised a request for qualifications, soliciting statements from professional architects and engineering firms “who have extensive experience in the planning, design, and construction management of public recreation facilities.”

The winning firms would be responsible for crafting the design for what would become a proposed 75,000 square foot YMCA, with a triple gymnasium and natatorium.

Ebrahim said he received 21 submissions by the September 20 deadline, adding it would take a few months to narrow the list down to the top three firms, once he received an approval from the council to begin reviewing the entries. Once a final firm is chosen, the contract will be presented to the council for approval.

In May, voters in Greenville approved the issuance of $15 million in general obligation bonds to pay for the construction of a YMCA/event center.

In August, the council approved a resolution, allowing the City of Greenville to pay for some of the work which may be needed prior to the issuance of the bonds early next year, which would then be paid back once the bonds are sold.

The YMCA/event center is expected to include all of the trappings of an athletic center, as well as space for a healthcare/clinic component and a separate childcare component, “and other spaces unique to a state of the art, full service, urban recreational facility.”

There is a $13.5 million projected construction budget for the facility.

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