Concord YMCA seeks $500,000 sovereign extend for renovations

January 1, 2017 - photo frame

It’s unfit to make a 1980s flooring demeanour clean. The damaged conveyor was taken offline in a spring. And, like so many other downtown buildings, a steam feverishness source will stop functioning subsequent year.

Those are some of a issues Concord’s YMCA hopes to residence with a $500,000 sovereign extend it’s seeking.

The city is staid to behind a YMCA’s focus to debonair adult a ancestral firehouse it uses for child caring programs, after a cabinet chose a nonprofit over 3 other field in November.

The city legislature will reason a open conference subsequent month deliberation either to request on a YMCA’s interest for a Community Development Block Grant, a sovereign module administered by communities to boost nonprofits that assistance low-income residents.

Even if a city goes ahead, a YMCA will have to strive opposite other field from around a state for an increasingly rival pool of dollars.

But since many of a YMCA’s child caring clients come from low-income families, and it’ll be means to yield a poignant appropriation match, and a former firehouse building has such ancestral significance, a nonprofit is carefree it can secure a limit extend of $500,000.

“It would meant we don’t have to obstruct those supports we use for financial assistance to a building,” CEO Jim Doremus said.

The firehouse where a repairs would start sits during 44 Warren St., adjacent to a YMCA’s categorical building during a dilemma of North State Street. Built in 1875, it’s a tie of a downtown district that’s listed on a National Register of Historic Places.

But some-more than 300 people a day transport by a building, including 150 kids, their parents, teachers and staff, and it’s display a age, Doremus said. The YMCA is formulation as most as $700,000 in improvements to a inside and outward of a building and a playground, he said, profitable itself for a apportionment that goes over a CDBG’s scope.

The trickery needs new flooring and portrayal throughout, fit lighting, doors and jams, stairwell repairs and insulation, according to a application.

“Some of a flooring dates behind to a early 1980s and it is unfit to make it demeanour clean,” a focus says. “Most of a lighting fixtures are comparison and are not fit by today’s standards.”

The three-level conveyor is out of service, tying accessibility, and a playground’s 1990s apparatus is “heavily ragged and for reserve reasons contingency be transposed in a nearby future,” a focus says.

The singular largest responsibility is a acclimatisation to a gas-fired steam boiler, necessitated by retailer Concord Steam’s skeleton to go out of business in May. The YMCA’s categorical building has already converted, though a smaller firehouse, that represents a fragment of a indispensable heat, will cost another $125,000.

To get to a city council, a YMCA had to go by a city’s Community Development Advisory Committee, that sent requests for proposals to 30 Concord-based nonprofits. Four responses were perceived by Sept. 16.

The Crisis Center for New Hampshire sought $220,000 to reconstruct a puncture shelter, according to a news sent to a city legislature by Matt Walsh, a executive of redevelopment, downtown services and special projects. But usually 46 percent of a center’s clients accommodate a CDBG’s low-income requirement, unwell to strech a compulsory 51 percent threshold. It also wasn’t transparent either a core would yield poignant relating funds, though that a plan would be reduction expected to achieve a high score, Walsh wrote.

Community Bridges sought $436,000 for a pursuit training program, that a cabinet dynamic would be improved saved by a opposite program.

And finally, a Concord Coalition to End Homelessness filed a minute saying it might be meddlesome in destiny CDBG appropriation for a permanent cold-weather homeless shelter, though it’s not nonetheless prepared to apply.

The Community Development Advisory Committee unanimously upheld a YMCA’s application, that will go before a open conference Jan. 9 before a city council.

The arriving extend round, that is a initial of dual this year, closes Jan. 30. Awards will expected be announced in April.

(Nick Reid can be reached during 369-3325, or on Twitter during @NickBReid.)

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