Dec. 21, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government is investing an extra $200,000 toward Fredericton's new YMCA facility project, Environment Minister Rick Miles announced today.
"Our government's extra investment in the YMCA project will ensure that the former Albert Street School is demolished and cleaned up in order for construction of the new Fredericton YMCA to occur in 2010," said Miles. "The new YMCA will offer a variety of programs for all ages, supporting government's commitment to promote wellness, active living, quality of life, and self-sufficiency."
Miles made the announcement on behalf of Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.
Funding is provided through the Regional Development Corporation. A new, $16.5-million building will be constructed on the 2.6-hectare, $2.5-million parcel of land, which the province has sold to the YMCA for $1.
The Government of Canada is contributing $5.275 million in funding for the project under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.
"With today's demolition, this important project is now underway," said Keith Ashfield, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. "The economic, social and community benefits of this project will be felt immediately, and for many years to come."
"A wonderful partnership of interests has been developed to make this project possible," said Kathy Russell, CEO of Fredericton YMCA. "The Province of New Brunswick has provided critical leadership, and we are extremely grateful for the ongoing support."
Remedial work on the former school has been underway for the last six weeks, and demolition is starting.
The new YMCA facility will promote methods of active transportation and the use of city transit services. The facility will include a wellness centre, gymnasium, squash courts, community rooms, a child-development centre and a 25-metre lap pool, as well as an instructional/warm-water pool.
MEDIA CONTACT: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606.