Forest Hill Church wants to build a 15,000-square-foot expansion at Morrison YMCA, the YMCA announced to members in a newsletter today.
Under an agreement being considered by the YMCA and Forest Hill, the church would fully fund the building, which would be owned and operated by the YMCA. In return, the church will use the facility for Sunday morning worship services, the newsletter said.
Other times, the expansion will be used by YMCA members. Plans call for full basketball courts and multi-purpose areas along with an indoor track.
The Morrison YMCA's board of managers backed the plan in January. Final approval hinges on approval from the YMCA metropolitan board and Forest Hill leadership this month, the statement says.
Construction could begin by June 1 with a targeted completion date of December.
According to the newsletter:
"The proposed addition will be designed in the same space that was part of the original Morrison YMCA master plan proposed in 2008. The YMCA had intended to build this addition over the course of 10 years. The proposed space will provide 3 full basketball courts/multi-purpose areas that will be used as a large worship area by Forest Hill Church on Sundays. This proposed project creates an opportunity for the YMCA to build-out the space earlier than planned and give the YMCA the capacity to capitalize on a growing, vibrant program and membership offering."
The plan would not affect the YMCA's relationship with other church and secular civic groups, the newsletter said.
- Doug Miller