South San Antonio has grown more vibrant in recent years in the way of economic development, thanks to the Toyota Tundra plant, the transitioning of two air force bases into industrial/business parks, Texas A&M San Antonio, among several other public and private successes. Now, the San Antonio Public Library and YMCA of Greater San Antonio look to follow suite on the South Side. On April 16, District 3 City Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran was joined by her fellow council members in approving an agreement to bring a YMCA facility to District 3 residents.
In a partnership between the City of San Antonio and the YMCA, a new 15,000 square foot Greater Mission Recreational Facility will be built in the area of the Mission Marquee Plaza and the Mission Library branch. “I am very excited to be moving forward with both the funding and ground lease agreement with the YMCA at Mission Drive-in area,” said Viagran in a press release. “We are moving forward on this voter-approved bond project. This has been years in the making and now we are taking a step forward to solidifying this vision for District 3 residents and San Antonio.” Funds for the project are designated in the voter-approved 2012 bond program, allotting $2.5 million for the development of the YMCA structure. The new building is planned to include a community room/wellness kitchen, a multi-generation center, a wellness center, two fitness studios and locker rooms.
“Having a significant presence in each of our 10 council districts is a key priority for the YMCA of Greater San Antonio,” said YMCA of Greater San Antonio President/CEO Sandy Morander said in the news release. “Our strong relationship with the City of San Antonio is a critical ingredient to making this vision a reality. We are excited about the opportunity to bring the resources of the Y to the kids, families and seniors living in and around this historic South Side neighborhood. These resources include so much more than just a facility.” Morander added: “The creation of this Y will also bring healthy lifestyle programs to combat obesity and help prevent diabetes, preschool and sports programming for kids, and opportunities to ease social isolation and inactivity in our senior population.”
The facility’s design is anticipated to be complete this August with construction planned to finish in December 2016. The YMCA will operate the facility under a 50-year lease with the city. The YMCA currently operates 11 facilities, three early learning centers, a resident camp and after school programs in seven school districts.