HACKENSACK, NJ -- To better serve the community of Hackensack and surrounding areas, the Greater Bergen County YMCA is working with NAI Hanson to identify a development opportunity for a new full facility YMCA and to sell the current building at 360 Main St.
The current building has been declining for over a decade and the financial impact for short-term maintenance and long-term capital improvements are too cost-prohibitive to complete. Since numerous efforts to secure a future site for a new Y facility have not yet been successful, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges has made the difficult but necessary decision to move operations into satellite facilities once the building is sold.
“Although our physical location will be changing, our mission and commitment to strengthening the community remains strong,” said Glenn MacAfee, executive director of the Greater Bergen County YMCA. “We are dedicated to providing quality services that our members have come to rely on, that includes our aquatics, full-day licensed child care, licensed before- and after-school childcare, licensed and ACA accredited summer camps, and fitness.”
While the exact timeframe for the building is not yet known, the leadership team of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, which includes the Greater Bergen County Y branch, will work through commercial realtor, NAI Hanson to identify the new owners of the building. This process could take 18 to 24 months to complete.
“As we speak with community leaders about the possibility of building a new YMCA facility in Hackensack or another neighboring town, we will continue to provide essential programs and services to benefit the kids and families who trust in and rely on the Y,” Richard K. Gorab, CEO of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, said.
The Greater Bergen County Y remains fully committed to Hackensack and surrounding towns and continues to take steps to ensure services are provided to the community. Recent announcements include the launch of a before-school child care program in all the Hackensack elementary schools this fall, and the recent Van Houten Senior wellness initiative and Livestrong program.
"The City of Hackensack recognizes the YMCA’s 100-plus-year service to Hackensack," said spokesman Dan Knitzer. "Hackensack’s administration is actively working with YMCA leadership to explore all options to find a suitable location, within Hackensack, to develop a modern, state-of-the-art facility for the next 100 years in order to provide valued services that strengthen and enhance our community.
The YMCA is also open to hearing ideas for partnerships that will allow the organization to remain a vital resource for neighbors in the community during this transition.
For more information about the Greater Bergen County YMCA, visit metroymcas.org or call 973-758-9622.
ABOUT THE Y
Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000+ people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $3.3 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.