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Durham school building may become YMCA

Nov 19, 2014 8:06 am
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="256"] The former Durham Elementary School.[/caption]

Ryan Anglim is reporting in The Daily Mail a public meeting was held Tues., Nov. 18, at Durham Town Hall to determine the level of community interest and support for establishing a community center or reading room, and perhaps a branch of the YMCA. Among the locations under consideration: The Becker building, the Hans and Gretel building, and now the former Durham Elementary School. Members of the Durham School Building Use Committee, a representative of the Greene Co. branch of the Capital District YMCA and the Cairo-Durham school district met last week to discuss the Y's interest in locating a branch in the recently closed school. The site is thought to be ideal since the building already contains a gym, has ample parking, an elevator and is set up with WiFi. Other YMCA branches are more than 30 minutes away, including the recently opened site in Coxsackie. The town's proposed community center facility is expected to occupy between 3,000 and 5,000 square feet in a rented or leased property on Route 145. Preliminary plans call for a facility with high speed internet access and terminals for use by students and residents. It will also include a meeting area with audio visual equipment, rest rooms and a kitchen to support use by civic groups. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.