WEST JEFFERSON-If you’ve been waiting on the arrival of a local YMCA, you’ll have to wait a while longer.
West Jefferson Town Manager Brantley Price said at Monday’s board of aldermen meeting that YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, headquartered in Winston-Salem, has decided to place the Ashe County project on the backburner until the spring of 2016.
Price said that news came from Curt Hazelbaker, the organizations president and CEO, last week.
The proposed Ashe County YMCA has been in the works since last year when Hazelbaker appeared before West Jefferson town leaders. Since that 2014 meeting, the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina has been working to determine the community’s needs and the best way to bring a YMCA to town.
Jefferson Station had been in the running to host a location until August, when property owner Tom Banks withdrew his offer to allow the YMCA to purchase the property.
Price said the organization will launch a capital raising campaign next year, and plan to apply for a $500,000 grant to offset the cost of the project.
“(Hazelbaker) said the Y is not a lost hope for Ashe at this point,” Price said.
The Jefferson Post will update as more details become available.
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