Stephenville mayor hopes YMCA will open this month

Frank Gale
Published on January 8, 2014
Julien Guignard (back) and Francis Guignard, both of Stephenville Carpet Centre — a sub-contractor working at the former West Coast Training Centre —  lay some flooring in a hallway in Stephenville Tuesday. The Humber Community YMCA is preparing the building for operation.
— Photo by Frank Gale/The Western Star

Waiting for some equipment to arrive is all that’s preventing the Humber Community YMCA from opening up shop in the former West Coast Training Centre in Stephenville.

Renovations on the building — being carried out by 10503 Nfld. Limited/Callahan’s Contracting of Stephenville at $49,000 and tax — are just about complete, said Mayor Tom O’Brien.

He first hoped the YMCA would be operating in the building by the end of 2013, but is now hoping for the operation to begin by the end of January.

O’Brien said the suppliers have to make some of the equipment needed to finish the job, and the YMCA has to wait for it to be built and delivered.

The provincial government announced the closing of the West Coast Training Centre in March 2013 and closed the facility at the end of June.

A month later, the Town of Stephenville accepted an offer from the provincial government to take ownership of the facility, a deal which included the province providing the town with $515,000 to undertake renovations and upgrades at the fitness and sport centre.

In addition to interior renovations, roof work has  been done on the building. Exterior renovations are expected to take place later this year. Part of the plan is to incorporate a health and wellness centre, which involves expanding the current workout space with a more open, user-friendly concept.

O’Brien said the town is having an energy audit carried out of all town-owned buildings, and the YMCA facility will be included in that audit.

The Western Star