has launched the final phase of
, and plans to begin construction of a new facility within McIntire Park this fall.

"We are able to serve 10,000 community members with our non-facility ‘Y'. This will enable us to serve 40,000 community members, bringing them information on access to exercise, diabetes education, closing the academic gap. It will really change the game for families in need in our area,” said Piedmont Family YMCA Chief Operations Officer Amy Wicks-Horn.

The YMCA has until January of 2016 to break ground due to its lease agreement with the city of Charlottesville.

However, before that can happen, the organization will need people to help it close a funding gap.

The total cost of the project is $18.7 million, and the YMCA has raised a little more than $9 million.

In mid-April, an anonymous donor came forward with a $1.5 million gift for the new facility. The organization still needs $2.8 million before it is able to begin construction.

The YMCA plans to raise another $3 million dollars during construction.

The organization wanted to start construction two years ago, but a lawsuit filed by a group of area gyms blocked the project from moving forward. That lawsuit has since been settled.