Lethbridge City Council votes to demolish former YMCA building
The now former YMCA location on Stafford Drive. Photo CJOC News (Pat Siedlecki)
The fate of the old YMCA has been decided.
Lethbridge City Council voted 7-2 Monday in favour of demolishing the building on Stafford Drive.
Inspection reports have shown the structure is in poor condition and in need of significant improvements with the estimated cost to repurpose it and bring it up to code being more than $6 million.
Councillors Joe Mauro and Blaine Hyggen voted against the motion of demolition, suggesting council could instead consider a private sale of the property before deciding to tear the building down.
Mayor Chris Spearman says the option to demolish provides the best longer-term use for the city and it’s also the most cost effective.
The land falls under the Civic Common Master Plan which outlines a vision for creating a welcoming public space that encourages social interaction. The total estimated cost of demolition and redevelopment of the site is $1.35 million.