YMCA plans to open new location in old Lyric Theatre

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Greater Kansas City YMCA has selected the old Lyric Theatre to be the home of a new community center.

The vacated theatre located at 11th and Central will soon be full of kids and families.

The $37 million construction plan calls for a four level, 85,000 square foot community center. About $17 million is already in place because of TIF renovations along the 11th Street corridor. The other $20 million will come from fundraising. Those who have been leading the cash campaign said they're about halfway to their goal.

Inside of the community center there will be two gyms, a wrap-around indoor track, a lap pool, locker rooms on the upper floors. The ground floor will house a pre-school, meeting rooms and space for education services. The president of the YMCA says he expects the downtown location to grab about 5,000 memberships, which equals about 12,000 people.

Construction is expected to take a year to a year and a half after all of the funds are in place. The new YMCA could ready to go in mid 2017.