Westport Weston Family Y building project is under way

Participating in the ‘First Pour’ ceremony for the Westport Weston Y were Elizabeth Hourihan and Robin Tauck of Weston.

Participating in the ‘First Pour’ ceremony for the Westport Weston Y were Elizabeth Hourihan and Robin Tauck of Weston.

With a recent groundbreaking, and “first pour” under its belt, the new Westport Weston Family Y building project is moving forward.

On April 5, The Y celebrated its “first pour” of concrete for the foundation of a new 54,000-square-foot facility. An official groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility was held Feb. 5.

The new building will include a 10-lane, 25-yard lap pool and adjacent warm water family/teaching/therapeutic pool; an expansive Health & Wellness Center; a multipurpose gymnasium; three group fitness studios; a child watch/kids’ adventure gym area; five locker rooms, including one for those with dependent care; and other amenities of a modern, family-oriented Y facility, according to Scott Smith, The Y’s communications director.

The laying of the foundation will continue this month and will be followed by construction of the steel framework for the building.

The new Y is expected to open in late 2014.

The current cost projection for the first stage of The Y facility is $38.5 million. As of April 1, Y campaign leaders raised more than $12 million in contributions from Y supporters, local philanthropists, businesses, and foundations for construction. The rest of the funds needed for the first stage plans will come from the sale of the downtown facility, donations, and Y reserves, Mr. Smith said.

The new facility is being constructed on the Y’s 32-acre Mahackeno campus located along the Saugatuck River and adjacent to the Merritt Parkway. The Mahackeno campus is currently the home of the Family Y’s summer day camp.

The Y has endured several obstacles and challenges in the course of its plans to build a new facility. In 2002, The Y’s board of trustees first voted to move the facility from downtown Westport to Camp Mahackeno and purchased several homes in the area to expand the building site.

However, after the project received a positive vote from the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission in 2008, several lawsuits were filed against the town, stalling the project. The lawsuits were ultimately resolved.

The new Y will replace the building currently occupied by The Y in downtown Westport.

The Y serves the residents of Westport and Weston.

Guided tours of the building site are being conducted on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. throughout the spring. To schedule a site visit, contact Susie Haydon at [email protected]

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