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Construction on the long-awaited new facility for the Winona Family YMCA is scheduled to start in July, the organization announced Friday.

YMCA donors and officials broke ground last October on the new site, situated near the Winona Health campus and Highway 61, after seven years of planning and five years of fundraising.

The building is expected to open in summer 2020, not far off from the spring 2020 prediction shared at the October groundbreaking.

Total project costs are estimated at $18 million, leaving the organization with a roughly $5 million financial gap to close before the new facility can open. They’ve currently raised approximately $13.2 million, according to the release.

The 1950s-era building on Fifth Street that currently houses the YMCA is in need of multiple renovations and is no longer viable to serve the growing community. Site preparation could start in the next few weeks, the release said.

The new facility will be an open-plan, modern design with a zero-depth six-lane pool, family fun center, drop-in child care center, gymnasium, all-ages wellness center, handball/racquetball courts, green space for kids’ activities and locker rooms for families and kids with special needs. It will have twice the amount of parking the current YMCA has to offer.

The building will also house Winona Health’s rehabilitation services and include offices for Live Well Winona and the American Red Cross.

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