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YMCA of Middle Tennessee plans to redevelop downtown location, add residential tower

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Posted at 5:29 PM, Oct 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-06 19:40:02-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The YMCA of Middle Tennessee released plans to redevelop its downtown Nashville campus, including adding a 60-story residential tower. Developers hope it will become Nashville's tallest building.

Giarratana has been chosen as the development partner for the build. The YMCA will sell a portion of their property to the developer, and the residential tower will be a separate entity. The rest of the property will become a state-of-the-art addition to the YMCA campus. What all it will include is still up in the air.

"Tell us what you want, what you see for the future of the YMCA, we’ll design that in the next 12 months," said Chris Tointon, President and CEO of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee.

But for the new facility to rise, the older portion of the building that mainly houses the indoor pool and rooftop pool, must fall. "We will tear down the 1970s portion of the building," said Tointon.

Thankfully, construction won't be a major inconvenience for those still wanting a workout. The portion of the facility designed in the early 2000s will remain open during construction and remain so once the expansion is complete.

"Our Church Street location sits in the heart of the downtown neighborhood, and we are thrilled to announce bold plans to continue meeting the needs of our growing urban community by developing a superb new facility," said Tointon. "The redevelopment of the Y campus is truly a unique, private-nonprofit partnership that will allow our YMCA to significantly elevate our many offerings and leverage the value of an underutilized portion of our property. As a result, we can reimagine and reinvigorate our Downtown YMCA in a manner that might otherwise be cost-prohibitive."

Construction is scheduled to start in January 2023. While the high-rise towers may take longer, the fully expanded YMCA is expected to open in middle to late 2024.