By Barrett Seaman
For more than a century, the Tarrytown Y has been operating on south Main Street, where over the years it has worked to keep up with changing times–new trends in fitness, new demands for child care, which has become one of its largest programs. But to continue to stay abreast of changing community needs, the Y’s leadership has determined that it would take $6 million worth of renovations.
On Thursday, the board announced that it is putting the old building on the block and looking for new digs. “According to our most recent capital needs assessment,” wrote chief executive officer Gerry Riera, “additional renovation is just not feasible.”
And so begins a search for a new home. The Y board has hired real estate firm RM Friedland both to find a buyer for the current building and find a location where they can build a state-of-the-art facility that can compete with modern fitness centers ranging from a burgeoning population of small boutique spas to the comprehensive facility at JCC on the Hudson. “This process is part of a multi-year strategic plan and is likely to take several years to complete,” writes Riera. “During this time we will maintain our programming at our current location.”