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YMCA still looking at Old Stage Hills property
Facility could make move in November 2007


YMCA members use the exercise machines at the Farragut location, located at the corner of Kingston Pike and Lovell Road.- Preston Flanders/farragutpress
The Farragut Family YMCA may be undergoing some changes — one that could include a brand new facility in town.

A construction company is currently looking at a 10-acre tract adjoining Weigel’s and Old Stage Hills to determine if a new ‘Y’ can be built there and at what price, said Jim Dickson, CEO of the YMCA of East Tennessee.


“This will give us an idea how much it would take to raise,” he said.

Knoxville resident Gordon Smith donated the land, valued at $700,000, to the Christian organization in March.

Dickson said the land is steep and heavily wooded, which could make building a facility there costly.

To build a new facility, the YMCA would rely heavily on community support, he added.

The current location, at the corner of Kingston Pike and Lovell Road, opened November 2002 to “get our foot in the door and let the people know what we have to offer,” Dickson said.

The potential move may not happen until November 2007 since YMCA has four years remaining on its lease at the current location.

“We have four more years in this facility to figure this out,” Dickson said.

Dickson is hoping the current location, which has a membership of 1,500, has shown the benefit of having a workout facility in Farragut.

“There is a great need from the people in Farragut to have a high quality of life,” he said.

The current facility could gain 4,000-square-foot of floor space in mid-November.

Atomic Pawn, located next door to the YMCA, is moving its operation Nov. 14 to a larger store on Kingston Pike and YMCA representatives are currently in the negotiation process to lease the space.

If the ‘Y’ acquires the space, Vickey Beard, branch director of the Farragut Family YMCA, said it would be used for a program center.

The center would host a Parents Night Out once a month and several children’s activities, she added.

“It would be a wonderful extension of what we have here,” Beard said.

If the ‘Y’ leases the space, the program center could be opened by Christmas time, depending on the amount of renovation needed, she added.

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