YMCA begins building southeast Fort Worth location

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Ground was broken Dec. 15 on a $13 million facility YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth plans next door to Mitchell Boulevard Elementary School in southeast Fort Worth.

The Y was awarded $3 million in new market tax credit funding for the project, which translates to more than 95 percent of funding necessary to begin construction on the organization’s newest facility.

Funding for the project includes a $2.3 million contribution from the city of Fort Worth to provide a community pool as part of the organization’s aquatics master plan.

Major donors to the project include the Sid Richardson, Amon G. Carter, Morris and Mabee foundations. Donor support also has come from corporations and individuals.

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Continuing and expanding programs and services for Southeast Fort Worth has been a priority of YMCA for years, according to Tony Shuman, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth.

“Thanks to the new market tax credit award, along with valuable community partners like the city of Fort Worth and the generosity of many donors, we can now begin construction to accomplish our vision,” Shuman said.

The 35,000-square-foot building, located at 3601 Mitchell Blvd., will feature a pre-school, dedicated youth space and full gymnasium with walking track plus a fitness center and demonstration kitchen.

The facility is expected to open in late spring 2018.

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The architect for the project is Huitt-Zollars Inc., and general contractor is W.B. Kibler Construction.

A $100,000 community campaign is underway, including a brick campaign. To make a donation or for more information, visit http://ymcafw.org/locations/southeast/.