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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

County buys Y in Rocky Mount

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Franklin County Board of Supervisors purchased the Franklin County Family YMCA and Essig Center from a bank holding company in June.

The purchase price was $2.3 million and the facilities have been leased back to the Y.

County Administrator Rick Huff said the property includes about 11 acres on Technology Drive in Rocky Mount. The

Funding for the purchase came from a combination of loans and money from the general fund balance.

All programs at the Y are continuing, he said, and a major change at the current Essig Center is its new use as a Senior Citizen Center and Indoor Recreation Center.

The center now houses gymnasium space, instructional classrooms, program space for senior citizens, as well as parks and recreation.

"The county has housed its aging services program in leased space that is not fully ADA compliant since the 1970s," Huff said. "This will make a great space for senior related programming while providing an additional gymnasium and classroom space for youth and adult use."

Huff said the property is assessed on the county's tax records at $14.4 million, and the purchase price is only 16 percent of the county assessment.

The senior population, age 65 and older, is expected to grow by 50 percent between 2010 and 2030. The need for additional recreation space for all ages has been acute.

"This multi-generational facility will provide for such growing needs, while also ensuring the existing YMCA services will continue to be utilized in its current configuration. It is a win-win for the community," Huff added.

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