New Hanover Township lost its YMCA branch in June 2017, but a local developer has ideas for bringing it back to life.
The New Hanover Board of Supervisors heard an enthusiastic presentation about plans for the YMCA and adjacent property by Bob Carlson, a developer and township resident at their regular meeting on Thursday, February 7.
Citing the lack of a community center for all ages in the township, Carlson stated that he and his team had developed a financial plan for the tract. He also pledged that he would do something the YMCA neglected to do - he would bring the public sewer to the building if he buys it.
Carlson showed several potential plans for the property, which include a baseball and softball center and fields; soccer fields; tennis courts; and an indoor ice rink in addition to the existing YMCA building. He said that he has already created a not-for-profit to enable him to apply for grants, but envisions at least some of the operation to be for-profit.
Board chair Chuck Garner stated that Carlson's next step would be to meet with the township's recreation committee.
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