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Pooler YMCA receives $1.6m investment as West Chatham expands

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia is investing $1.6 million in capital improvements at the facilities of the YMCA of West Chatham in Pooler. This fall, Coastal Georgia’s busiest branch will see essential infrastructure renovations such as its gym space, lobby and parking lot that will modernize and expand the wellness center.

The investment represents the YMCA of Coastal Georgia’s first major capital project in Chatham County since 2005 and serves as the start of a long-term investment strategy to meet community trends and needs in the community. association, reads the YMCA press release.

“With this much-needed renovation, we are looking to the future and working to ensure our facilities and services are ready to serve for the next 50 years,” said Joel Smoker, CEO of YCMA of Coastal Georgia.

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The West Chatham YMCA facility in Pooler will receive a capital investment of $1.6 million.  The renovations are expected to be completed in the spring of 2023.

Demographic and modernization studies took place in 2018 before the pandemic delayed strategic planning. With the schedule back on track, renovations to the 50-acre resort are expected to begin in September and be completed by next April or May, according to Smoker.

The current floor of the fitness center will be opened to make room for additional activities and new equipment. The lobby, which members and students often use as a workspace or lounge area, will also be redone.

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