New Life for Y Site

November 19, 2012 Updated Nov 19, 2012 at 8:15 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by Dan Miner

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November 19, 2012 Updated Nov 19, 2012 at 8:15 AM EDT

The Northeast YMCA facility on Main Street in Snyder is set to become athletic facilities and a center for globalization and ESL for Daemen College, school president Edwin Clausen said today.

The plans are contingent on the property transfer being finalized, which will not happen until the YMCA moves into its new facility just east of Erie Community College's Amherst campus.

The Main Street building is a block away from Daemen's main campus, and school officials have confirmed they offered $650,000 to buy it. They had not, however, offered details on its potential use.

"Part of what we'll use that building for is an athletic facility to relieve the overburdened facilities here," Clausen said. "But at least 50 percent of it will be used for the new center."

The center will coordinate all of Daemen's ESL and overseas programs, along with curriculum development for faculty, Clausen said. The building is nearly 50 years old and has a gym and a pool. At roughly 26,000 square feet, there's room for different functions.

"It will be set up as a possible revenue center for the college to derive additional revenue and relieve tuition burdens," Clausen said. "It will be a multiplex, with a number of different functions to it."

Clausen said the project would include "substantial remodeling."

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