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Westside Digest

Santa Monica : YMCA Begins Development

November 06, 1986

A $7-million development program has been announced for the Santa Monica Family YMCA. Half of the money will come from tax-exempt financing and half from a community fund-raising drive. Lowell T. (Pat) Patton, YMCA president, has been named general campaign chairman.

In December, 1985, the City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that allowed the YMCA to secure tax-exempt financing in the form of a $3.5-million revenue bond. Money from the bond is designated for land acquisition, construction of a parking structure and related development.

The project includes purchase of the parking lot on the south side of the YMCA's 6th Street building and construction of an indoor swimming pool and aquatic center, larger and more fully-equipped health, education and wellness facilities, expanded child-care classrooms and programs areas and increased parking.

Construction is expected to begin by next summer, with the new facilities opening in mid-1988.

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