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City Council to Vote on McIntire Park YMCA Groundbreaking Extension

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Charlottesville City Council's packed agenda Monday night included extending a provision on the land lease for building a new YMCA in McIntire Park.

Construction on the building was supposed to start within five years of the lease agreement. Now, with that deadline approaching, the YMCA wants another year to break ground. But some area residents don't want to see that happen.

January 15 will mark five years of the lease agreement but court battles have put a hold on the project. Monday night, city council took up a construction extension for the new YMCA.

"It's really frustrating because every day that goes by is another day that we don't have a second pool. We don't have gym equipment," said City Councilor Kristin Szakos.

While many residents stand behind building the YMCA in McIntire Park, some who are against it spoke out at Monday's meeting, saying they want city council to take a closer look at the project.

"A lot has changed during the past five years and since nothing can happen while the project's future is in the hands of the court, you have time for a proper review," said Jim Moore, a Charlottesville resident.

Residents say they are in favor of the project, just not the location.

The next possible date for the state supreme court to issue an opinion is January 11. This delay means a 3.2 percent jump in construction costs.

City council will vote on the extension Monday night.

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