More details released on new IL YMCA

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By Hal Millard

More details on Indian Land’s much-anticipated YMCA project were released June 5, when the newspaper was able to reach Upper Palmetto YMCA CEO Moe Bell.
Financial terms of the 15-acre land deal were not disclosed, but Bell said the entire $25 million project will be funded through a special low-interest, long-term loan from the federal Agriculture Department, which has been in the works for the past year.
The agency announced May 16 it was lending nearly $300,000 for the project, estimated to create more than 120 jobs.
“The USDA has been eager to help the Upper Palmetto YMCA and ensure the project’s success,” Bell said. “Their support has been indispensable.”
But he said the federal loan process “has been one of the most difficult things I’ve ever encountered.”
Fundraising efforts also will begin soon for construction of a $3 million water park on the site, Bell said. That calls for two outdoor lap pools and typical children’s amenities, such as water slides and splash zones.
Groundbreaking and construction on the site – at the back of an 88-acre parcel in the CrossRidge Center development – is anticipated to start this fall, Bell said.
“We anticipate that the facility will be completed and open to the public in 2020,” he added.
The site was the best-suited out of a handful of sites considered, Bell said, adding the facility will have two entrance points along U.S. 521 for north-south traffic, in addition to an entrance directly off Doby’s Bridge Road, which will be extended to the site.