The city of Morris will be donating $2 million to the Morris YMCA for the purpose of economic development.
In late 2016, the Morris Community YMCA announced the donation of land from the families who own and operate “D” Construction, Inc.
The land would be used to construct a 50,000 square foot state of the art facility on 13.5 acres of property which would be just west of Morris Grade School on DuPont Avenue in Morris.
After the city council meeting last night, Morris Mayor Dick Kopczick said they will donate $400,000 each year for the next five years.
WCSJ asked Kopczick if they are setting a precedent by donating funds to the YMCA.
The Morris YMCA said the facility will include an aquatics center, gymnasium, meeting and gathering spaces, state of the art fitness center, group exercise studios, a demonstration kitchen and outdoor space for summer camps.
The construction will include hundreds of laborers and is projected to take 12 to 18 months to complete.
When completed the YMCA is expected to have 8 to 12 full-time positions and approximately 150 part-time/seasonal jobs.
Morris Hospital, who has partnered with the YMCA, will also have both full-time and part-time positions as part of its occupancy.
It is unknown how much the new building will cost.