GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - Tuesday night, the Grand Rapids Township Planning Commission voted down a plan to build a new YMCA.
The plan set before the commission was to relocate the Southeast YMCA from Forest Hill Avenue to the corner of Leonard Street and Crahen Avenue NE. Supporters said it would have meant a significant upgrade for the facility.
At its Tuesday evening meeting, residents on both sides of the issue addressed the township Planning Commission. Some said more parking spots, YMCA members and employees, maintenance trucks, and deliveries in the area would have increased traffic, which they opposed.
The board rejected the plan to build the new YMCA in a 4-2 vote, according to Hank Fuhs, who was part of the neighborhood committee that opposed the project. It cited increased traffic in a residential neighborhood as one main reason for its decision.
YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids CEO Ronald Nelson was on hand at the meeting Tuesday night to encourage the board to approve the construction.
Nelson told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday that the organization is regrouping and looking at its options. He said the organization believes that it has the right project and that the need for it exists.
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