Old YMCA building goes on the market

The old YMCA building at 121 E. Main St. in downtown Washington is up for sale.

At its November meeting, the YMCA board of directors agreed to engage Elliott Realty Group to begin marketing the building.

“One of the biggest concerns the Y board has had from the beginning stages of building a new Y was what to do with the existing building,” said Amy Schulte, CEO of the Washington County YMCA. “Our dream for the building would to see the space renovated for a new purpose to be able to continue to serve the Washington community.”

The building houses the YMCA’s indoor pool, for which the organization recently completed $4,250 in repairs.

“We’re hoping to be able to make arrangements for continued use of the pool,” Schulte said.

The building was constructed as a home for the YMCA in 1924, with additions done in 1965 and 1983.

“It was built for the specific purpose as the YMCA,” Schulte said. “That will present some challenges in marketing the building to a developer.

“We wanted to find a purpose for that building.”

The facility has been shown to three different developers over the past year with the help of David Collins, the late WEDG director, and Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson.

The YMCA board made the decision to partner with Elliott Realty Group in order to ensure that the building can be listed on multiple commercial listing sites and reach as many potential interested parties as possible.

Schulte said that money from the sale of the building will help fund the next phase of construction of the new YMCA building, which will include a new indoor aquatics center.

“Because we are the only provider for swim lessons in our community, we know that we need to move ahead with our plans sooner rather than later, even in these uncertain times,” Schulte said.