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YMCA announces plan for Gloucester branch

After years of waiting, a wish of a number of Gloucester residents has been granted, as a YMCA is scheduled to open in the county at the end of January. Renovations are set to begin any day now on a 9,500-square-foot space inside Gloucester’s Main Street Center.

Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA CEO Danny Carroll said he is thrilled about the many programs for children, youth, adults and seniors that the Y will provide here. “It’s important to note that a YMCA is so much more than a gym,” Carroll said. He said the main focus of the Y is its “philosophy of making the community a better place to live.”

According to Carroll, the first YMCA opened in the region in 1896 in downtown Newport News. The Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA now has 17 branches stretching from as far north as Northumberland to as far south as Smithfield. He said the only location that a Y had not been developed in up until this point was Gloucester.

“And it had been the wishes of man...

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