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Main Line YMCA Leaving Ardmore

The gym will look to sell the Ardmore building, located off of Montgomery Avenue, and merge with the Haverford YMCA.

The Main Line YMCA, located off Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore near Suburban Square, will merge with the Haverford Area YMCA when construction on the new building is completed in Fall 2013, according to a YMCA press release issued Monday.

The Haverford Y will be located at 891 North Eagle Road in Haverford, about 3.5 miles from the Main Line Y. (See some construction photos here.) The project is estimated at $22.5 million. The Ardmore YMCA building will be sold.

The decision to merge the two fitness centers "involved a careful analysis to determine how to best serve YMCA members and the local community," according to the press release. "The YMCA has determined that the long-term interests of the Y and its constituents are best served by a well-conceived and executed plan for transitioning the present Main Line YMCA branch to an expanded facility within the same service area."

In an interview,  John Flynn, president and CEO of the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity said the organization considered various possibilities for use of the Main Line Y space, including a satellite wellness center, a corporate center and a daycare center.

"We analyzed basically all the uses we could think of for the building," Flynn said. "We came up with the conclusion that looking at all what we offer, Ardmore doesn’t meet any of those needs." He noted that the location is not ADA-accessible, changeable, or expandable by zoning.

The vast majority of members have been positive about the closing of the Y, Flynn said, likely in part due to the fact that the new Y will greatly expand the services and size of the fitness center.

The new building, a "75,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility," will include:

  • An 11,000 square foot wellness center (as compared to an estimated 2,000 square foot space in Ardmore, Flynn said)
  • 3 group exercise studios
  • A 9,000 square foot indoor basketball court
  • An indoor jogging track
  • A Child Watch center
  • 3 indoor pools which include a zero-depth entry family fun pool
  • 5 "unique locker rooms"
  • An expanded parking lot

According to the press release, all the Main Line YMCA staff will transition to the new center.

Updated at 9:45 p.m. on Sept. 24 to add comments from YMCA CEO John Flynn.

Amanda Mahnke September 25, 2012 at 01:42 AM
It will be located at 891 North Eagle Road in Haverford, Kit. Thanks for the catch—it has been added to the article.
Mildred Roberts September 25, 2012 at 02:43 AM
It's the location of the former SWELL Bubble Gum factory for those who are GPS-addicted. Is it too bourgeois to call the area by its real name: Havertown?
kithg September 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM
So the next question is what's going Where the Y has been on Montgomery Ave.? I imagine the organization will make a good bit of money when they sell that property. My guess is that it'll be some pretty high-price condos.
Jean Sweeney September 27, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Eagle road is so busy now and we sit for a long time now. Imagine how this will be trying to take our kids to school in the morning when people are now taking their kids to the child care center that we were told was not going to happen. Havertown residents were not given the full information about the Y. This is a residential area not liking this one bit!!!!
Jen Boyle March 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM
I worked at the Ardmore Y during college. It was a great place with such wonderful members, sad to see it go. I agree the Havertown Y sounds and looks amazing but the traffic on Eagle road is already so horrible I can't imagine what it will be like when the Y finally opens.

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