The Meadowlands Area YMCA announced at its 95th Annual Gala that it leased a 65,000 s/f building at 390 Murray Hill Parkway and will undertake a $3.5 million renovation project to convert the building into a full-service YMCA.
The property was previously utilized as a training facility by the Brooklyn Nets basketball team.
The YMCA currently supports 12,000 individuals through programs it operates at 50 facilities in Bergen, Passaic and Hudson Counties, but the Murray Hill Parkway facility will be its first permanent full-time home.
In addition to fundraising and revenue from operations, the YMCA generated capital for the new project from the sale of a 58,000 s/f investment property that it intended to convert to a YMCA through a three-phase renovation project.
The Mara Family Daycare Center, funded with a gift through John Mara, president of The New York Giants, was to be the first phase of that project and now will be a centerpiece of the new building, which is scheduled to open in 2016.
The Meadowlands Area YMCA’s plans to refit the new building are contingent upon approvals by the NJ Sports and Exposition Authority.
“We are incredibly grateful to all our donors who believed in and supported this project,” said Jane A. Egan, CEO of the Meadowlands Area YMCA and a staff member since 1980. “The community is deserving of the finest possible YMCA facility and programming and we plan to deliver it.”
“Three years ago the YMCA board committed to fulfilling the vision of our late Past President Dennis Maycher to create a Y with walls,” said Ron Simoncini, President for the Meadowlands Area YMCA’s Board. “The determination and hard work of this board made this moment possible and I know Dennis would have been very proud.”
“Creating plans to refit this facility to accommodate for all the diverse programs the YMCA offers was a challenge that we enthusiastically dove into,” said Lloyd Rosenberg, AIA, CEO and President for DMR Architects.
“We are honored to work with such a prestigious organization that does so much good for those who live in North Jersey.”
Richard Branca of Bergen Engineering, the owner of 390 Murray Hill Parkway, also was instrumental in helping the Meadowlands Area YMCA develop a renovation plan for the building, as were Boiling Springs Bank, Sussex Bank and a host of other contributors and supporters, including its next door neighbor.