YMCA on the grow

The Riverbrook Regional YMCA has applied to the Planning and Zoning Commission for permits to expand the building and parking, and executive director Bob McDowell said it’s to be the first major upgrade in its 45-year history.

The YMCA is now 66,310 square feet, and it wants to add 11,955 square feet, for a total of 78,265 square feet, according to the application on file at the town hall annex.

The facility at 404 Danbury Road also wants to expand its parking of 199 spaces by 18.

It’s all a part of what is called the Building New Stories campaign, said McDowell.

“The foundation of our current success was created 45 years ago, on the shoulders of a small group of families that built the existing facility. Our community will now lead the next phase of our development, as we raise funds to build the new Wilton Family YMCA,” he said in an email response to questions during a busy week in which he was traveling.

“We’re more than a place, we’re a cause. More than a place for a quick morning workout; our Y is on the leading edge of chronic disease prevention. We are a vital social network of support for our members, and a place where all can come together to make our community stronger.

To meet the changing needs of our members and mission, our physical space must also change.”

When the Wilton Family YMCA Building New Stories campaign is completed, the community will be gifted with a state-of-the-art facility that brings people together and emphasizes healthy living and neighborly support, he said.  

A spacious wellness center overlooking the grand lobby equipped with strength and cardio training equipment to empower people to promote healthier decisions is planned, he said.

Modernized locker rooms with large family changing areas and accessible space for seniors and people with special needs so everyone feels at home is part of the plan.

A bright, two-story atrium-style lobby will serve as a community hub where people may connect and engage with one another, he said.

Four dedicated group exercise studios will deliver a variety of classes for all ages and abilities that support physical and spiritual strength.

The public hearing of the Planning and Zoning Commission on the project is set for Nov. 13.

“We continue to work on the approval process with the town, phasing and fund raising of this project,” he said.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2018. It will take 18 months to build.

The project, whose total cost is not known, will be funded through a fund-raising capital campaign.