CRYSTAL LAKE – The Crystal Lake City Council approved plans to more than double the size of the Sage YMCA of Metro Chicago.
The building expansion will include a competition pool, wellness area, and a new children's play area and child-care facilities. An additional 133 parking spaces also will be added to the facility for a total of 317 spaces.
The building expansion, located at 701 Manor Road, will add an additional 34,430 square feet for a total building area of more than 65,000 square feet.
“The Sage YMCA is still in the process of going through building permitting approvals, as well as continuing to secure funding for the renovation,” Sherrie Medina, Sage vice president of marketing and communications, said in a statement to the Northwest Herald.
“With our new renovation, the Sage YMCA will provide a great place to grow and serve as a destination for children and families from Crystal Lake, Cary, Lake in the Hills, Fox River Grove, Woodstock and McHenry for years to come.”
Along with the competition pool, the building plans call for mezzanine spectator seating, a pool viewing area, a pool deck and a splash pad.
“They are doing a major upgrade to the facility,” Crystal Lake Planner Lakita Bhide said. “The competition pool will be a great benefit to the residents in the area. I think it will be a great addition.”
A traffic study was conducted to determine whether any increased traffic might result from the building expansion, and it was concluded that no roadway improvements are required to accommodate the increase.
The Sage YMCA expects to break ground on the renovation this year and complete the expansion in 2014.
The Crystal Lake "Y" was renamed the Sage YMCA in June 2011 after a donation from the Foglia Family Foundation.
Vince Foglia, chairman and CEO of Sage Products in Cary, did not specify on the donation amount, but he said it was in the millions of dollars and would spread out over a period of four or five years.
The YMCA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January 2011. It cited increased competition, pending lawsuits, higher insurance costs and a decline in membership.