WEST JEFFERSON —Jefferson Station, located in downtown West Jefferson, will no longer be available for the YMCA after owner Tom Banks recently withdrew his offer to allow the YMCA to purchase the property.
Discussions of a YMCA coming to West Jefferson began in 2014 when Curt Hazelbaker, president and CEO of YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, appeared before the West Jefferson board of aldermen. Since the meeting, the YMCA has been working to determine what the needs of the community are and finding a location for the potential YMCA.
Regency Properties is currently the real-estate firm listing the Jefferson Station property which was being considered for part of the YMCA.
According to Andrea Witherspoon, owner of Regency Properties, in an email from Tom Banks, he stated that he was withdrawing his offer to allow the YMCA to purchase his building.
According to Hazelbaker, the YMCA will be moving forward with the project even though Bank’s offer was pulled. The YMCA was already considering multiple locations for a future YMCA including property owned by Mark Vannoy that is adjacent to Jefferson Station.
“We had always been looking at the two buildings, Jefferson Station and the building the Vannoys own,” Hazelbaker said. “We had considered a couple of different options of using one or the other or a combination of both. “
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