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City Council approves Mid-City YMCA project

SAN DIEGO – City Councilmember Todd Gloria said today that he successfully championed the approval of the new Copley-Price YMCA project in Mid-City.

The 53,400-square-foot recreation facility will be sited on property bound by 43rd Street, El Cajon Boulevard, Meade Avenue and Fairmount Avenue.

Construction is expected to begin in spring 2013.

“This project will bring much-needed recreation options to the communities of Mid-City and return this prominent block to productive use,” said Gloria, who represents the area. “I am grateful to my Council colleagues for supporting this project and hugely thankful to the Price Charities for bringing another incredible improvement to my District.”

The Copley-Price YMCA project facility will feature 7,200 square feet of roof deck and balcony space, a 7,300-square-foot enclosed pool, outdoor recreation space, and a 296-space parking structure.

The first floor of the building will include a gymnasium, four classroom areas, a day care area, 17 office spaces, storage areas, locker rooms for men and women, a community room, two kitchen areas, a lunch room, and a teen center area with an open gathering space, a computer room, a tutoring room, and a homework room.

The second floor will consist of a large fitness equipment area, four group exercise room, five bathrooms, an office space, and a roof deck. Outside will be a pool, a splash pad, a soccer arena, a synthetic turf warm up area, a play yard, and a picnic area.

Importantly, the project will attain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification.

The project is the product of extensive community involvement and enjoyed the unanimous support of the Kensington-Talmadge Planning Group and a recommendation from the San Diego Planning Commission.