Anchor Helps YMCA Secure State Funding for New Facility

Release from Jackson YMCA

Jackson YMCA receives $224K in state funding for new facility site work

Anchor Initiative’s Scott Fleming worked with Y campaign leadership to secure funds

JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 4, 2021 – The Jackson YMCA will receive $224,000 in state funding for soil remediation at the site of the planned new downtown YMCA building. The office of State Senator Mike Shirkey recently announced the state budget bill passed by the Michigan Senate includes funding for three local projects, including the Jackson YMCA project, and that it “effectively invests in building healthy families and communities.”

Scott Fleming, a certified economic developer and CEO of the Jackson Anchor Initiative (JaxAnchor.org), worked with YMCA staff and campaign leadership to obtain the funding. Fleming has been involved in business and economic development since 1993 in Michigan, Texas and Illinois.

“Many people came together to secure the funding, and it was very much a team effort,” said Fleming, who also previously served as the President and CEO of The Enterprise Group of Jackson, focused on local business recruitment and retention. “The Y has been such a strong entity in the city and is integral to downtown. People are looking at Jackson as a place to be, and I’ve seen the next generation of leaders working to make downtown a place people want to live, work and play.”

Granger Construction Co., the Y’s new facility construction manager, provided the estimate for the preconstruction soil remediation required at the site. Before the build, the condition of the soil must be improved to provide proper foundation and support. Plans call for the new building to be located between Wesley, Mechanic and Franklin streets where YMCA parking is currently located.

“We are thankful for the work Scott, the city of Jackson, the team at Granger and others have done over the past few months to ensure we have the funding to begin this critical site work,” said Jackson YMCA CEO Shawna Tello.

The Y’s Building and Design team continues to work with Bergmann and Gro Development Inc., a leader in design and development of YMCAs, to develop the branding, fit and finish of the new facility. Last month the Y announced that Henry Ford Allegiance Health (HFAH) will program and staff approximately 6,500 square feet in the planned new YMCA facility, providing sports medicine, orthopedic rehab and a mix of specialty services. And earlier this year, the Y shared that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson (BBBS) will occupy approximately 1,000 square feet in the new downtown facility.

Working with Granger, Y leaders anticipate beginning site work in the first half of 2022; project details are available at newjacksonymca.com. The Y’s Capital Campaign committee’s efforts to identify philanthropists, funders and local foundations willing to support the YMCA and invest in its potential are ongoing.

About the Jackson YMCA
Since 1896 the Jackson YMCA has worked to provide opportunities for individuals of all walks of life. The Y serves men and women of all ages, religions and economic backgrounds through programs focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. A volunteer board of directors provides leadership to the Association, a member of the national organization: The YMCA of the USA. Visit www.JacksonYMCA.org.