Dave Hilliard, executive director of the Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA, said he anticipates a 12- to 14-month construction period with an opening in fall 2006.
The $13.5 million complex will be built on 20 acres at Route 19 and Ehrman Road and will be shared by Butler Memorial Hospital
Cranberry supervisors last Thursday approved plans for the Y, which will be a branch of the Butler YMCA aimed at serving residents of the county's southwest corner.
In the planning stages for about seven years, the original idea called for construction of only a lap pool.Now, the Y plans call for an 80,000-square-foot building with a 25-yard lap pool; a family pool with a zero-depth entry, slide and decorative features that will spray, sprinkle and bubble; and a warm-water therapy pool that will be maintained at 90 to 92 degrees.Hilliard
said the warm-water facility will be used by the hospital for physical therapy but also will be open to general members.
Original plans for a day-care center at the Y have been eliminated, Hilliard
The next expansion phase will be in the next five to 10 years, Hilliard
said.Plans for that include an outdoor pool and a 20,000-square-foot building expansion to accommodate a larger fitness center.Hilliard
said the projected September groundbreaking will be accompanied by a public relations campaign to encourage contributions to the project and to build excitement for it."It's going to be a beautiful facility," he
No decision has been made as to membership fees.