Marquette YMCA announces major expansion

MARQUETTE – The YMCA of Marquette County will be undertaking a major expansion, thanks to a nearly $3 million federal loan announced this morning.

The $2.99 million loan, which comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency, will allow the organization to double the size of its current wellness center, create a new health innovations suite and add two new gymnasiums.

The loan-funded project will increase the YMCA’s overall square footage by about 68 percent and should result in a dedicated gymnastics area, which will include a bouldering wall.

“We’re so excited to be able to do this,” said Lisa Coombs-Gerou, CEO of the YMCA of Marquette County. “It’s so needed.”

For the full story, see the print edition of today’s Mining Journal.