Wednesday, February 06, 2002

Deerfield wants Y that Loveland rejected

YMCA officials say northeast area no longer in plans

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TWP. — Township officials plan to approach the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati about building a facility in Deerfield, in the aftermath of the scuttling of plans for a Y in Loveland.

        The Y last month dropped plans to build a $5 million facility in Loveland, eliminating the Northeast YMCA project from its strategic plan. YMCA officials said their decision not to build was based on continued protests and fund-raising problems.

        But that hasn't stopped residents and government leaders in neighboring communities from wanting Y officials to consider building where they live.

        Township Administrator Greg Horwedel said he has talked with people who support building a Y in Deerfield. The next step, he said, will be to determine within the next 10 days whether the Y wants to build in Deerfield.

        “We would love to have a Y,” Trustee President Barbara Reed said. “I think it would be wonderful. There would be so many programs that we could work on together.”

        However, Jackie Mathews, YMCA spokeswoman, said Tuesday: “At this time, we've eliminated (the Northeast Y project) from the strategic plan. ... We will never say never, but right now, it's not a matter of relocation.”

        A Y in Loveland would also have served residents in Deerfield, Miami and Symmes townships.


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