"We think the facility can be a beacon of hope in the neighborhood," said Eric Ellsworth, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.
"It's a great placement of a facility in the middle of a redevelopment effort."
"Our goal is to curb diabetes and chronic heart disease," said Ellsworth
, "and make this overall a healthier environment for the people who live in the Meadows neighborhood."
To keep the branch viable, Ellsworth
said, financial help will come from the proposed CityWay YMCA.
, a 75,000-square-foot facility to be built across from The Alexander hotel, should bring in enough money to help support the Avondale Meadows Y, he
"We're probably excited about this early learning center as much as anything," said Ellsworth, the YMCA president.