Efforts to expand and upgrade the Johnstown Greater Community YMCA were enhanced on Wednesday when Gov. Tom Corbett announced that the program would receive a $1 million Economic Growth Initiative Grant.
“The Johnstown Greater Community YMCA has been a driving force behind the health and well-being of the people of this community,” Corbett said. “This investment will ensure this facility will continue to serve future generations here in Johnstown.”
The first major capital project since 1979 for the Johnstown Greater Community YMCA will include the addition of a youth center and therapeutic pool, rearrangement of the entrances and an upgrade of the existing roof. The expansion was made possible through the purchase of three lots next to the current facility. Planners estimate that the project will create or retain more than 170 jobs.
“The YMCA is a vital asset in our community and we look forward to seeing this expansion completed so the youth in our community will have a place where they can learn healthy lifestyle choices and social responsibility,” Julie Wanamaker Sheehan, the president of the board of directors of the Greater Johnstown YMCA, said.