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Thursday, 20 August 2015 10:10

Muskegon Community College acquires YMCA building

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The board of trustees for Muskegon Community College on Wednesday approved the acquisition of the Muskegon YMCA building for a new Health and Wellness facility.

The cost for the college to acquire the site at 900 West Western Ave. is $1.17 million.

As a part of the deal, the college will pay off the YMCA’s outstanding debt to Muskegon-based Community Shores Bank, as well as repay a loan from the Muskegon Community Foundation.

MCC plans to begin offering classes at the facility Oct. 1, said MCC president Dale Nesbary. The operation and another planned $14.2 facility at MCC’s campus on Quarterline Road will be operated by Illinois-based Power Wellness Management.

The college will continue to honor YMCA memberships, and MCC and Power Wellness will begin a 90-day review process to determine future uses.

“We were interested in avoiding unnecessary and costly duplication of facilities and enhancing coordination of services,” said Donald Crandall, M.D., chair of the MCC Board of Trustees, in a post on the college’s website. “The college is firmly committed to addressing Muskegon County’s low health ranking in Michigan over the last 20 years. We will collaborate with other organizations while directing both our educational expertise and our community-centered health and wellness programming toward reversing that unacceptable trend.”

The acquisition of the YMCA building furthers MCC’s expansion in downtown Muskegon. As MiBiz previously reported, the college also acquired the former Muskegon Chronicle building that it plans to use for applied technology programs. Adjacent to the Chronicle property, the college was gifted the former Masonic Temple building to be used for its Entrepreneurial Studies program.

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