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Demolition of old YMCA set to begin this month

The former downtown YMCA will begin to fall this month after more than five years of debate on the building’s fate. The Spokane Park Board this week approved a $574,700 …


YWCA’s riverfront land sold for $3.2 million

Spokane’s YWCA finally has sold its prime riverfront campus. The property, which overlooks the North Channel of the Spokane River, sold Dec. 9 for $3.2 million to The Falls, said …


YWCA sells riverfront building for $3.2 million

The deal completes six years of work by the YMCA and YWCA to sell their former downtown properties to raise money for joint campus on North Monroe Street.


Commission: YMCA ineligible for historic listing

The former YMCA in Riverfront Park is headed for a date with the wrecking ball. The Spokane City-County Historic Landmarks Commission voted 9-0 on Wednesday that the building is not …


Commission rejects historic designation for old Y

The former YMCA in Riverfront Park is headed for a date with the wreaking ball. The Spokane City-County Historic Landmarks Commission voted 9-0 on Wednesday that the building is not …


Old YMCA worth saving? Landmarks panel to decide

It could be the final chapter for the former downtown YMCA. Or it could be the start of more painstaking, political maneuvering.


YMCA shortens its name by three letters

Just call it the Y. The venerable YMCA, known by the acronym alone for generations, has rebranded itself with the single letter – a truncation many members already use.


Spokane council OKs conservation funds for YMCA

A sharply divided Spokane City Council on Monday finally agreed to tear down the vacant downtown YMCA and blend the waterfront parcel into Riverfront Park. It took a year of …


Vote on Y’s future expected to be close

A creature lurking in the YMCA’s basement has caused a renewed examination of the Y by city officials days before they could make a final decision on the building’s fate. …


Council shifting on future of Y site

Support appears to have grown on the Spokane City Council to bring open space to the site of the downtown YMCA. A slight majority said this week that they lean …


Spokane council members not keen on YMCA options

Spokane City Council members are poised to reject Spokane County’s offer to buy the vacant Riverfront Park YMCA, a decision that could force the city to sell parkland or raise …


Original bidder wants YMCA

The developer who originally wanted to build a 12-story condo tower on the site of the former downtown YMCA has submitted one of three proposals for redeveloping the facility under …


Incoming parks director talks about what he sees ahead for Spokane

The Spokane City Council is scheduled tonight to appoint Leroy Eadie, the city’s former planning director, to head the city’s parks system. Eadie has been acting parks director since October. …


Historic merit up for debate

A new battle over the former YMCA pits the building’s history against the natural and cultural history of the island on which it sits and the adjacent Spokane Falls. In …


Deadlines near on YMCA’s fate

Almost a half-century after David Rodgers turned a shovel of dirt to commemorate construction of a new downtown YMCA, he considers the decision to build the Y along the shore …


Little-known stream could become new park water feature

The YMCA sits near a river channel. What’s less known is that a stream flows through the building. The creek, which is a foot deep or more and changes in …


Interactive timeline of Spokane’s old YMCA

A timeline of major events in the development of the downtown Spokane YMCA.


Healthy snack time

Students participating in the YMCA after-school program in eight elementary schools across the greater Spokane Valley will now receive free snacks from Second Harvest. The food bank has set up …


City seeks plans for Y site

The city of Spokane wants to hear developers’ ideas for re-making the former YMCA building in Riverfront Park into some combination of retail, office and residential space. The city on …


City seeking YMCA redevelopment proposals

The City of Spokane is asking for proposals to redevelop the former YMCA building in Riverfront Park, with potential uses as retail, office or residential space.


County gives city time on YMCA debt

Spokane County leaders Tuesday expressed frustration with Spokane City Council’s vague response to their offer to pay off the city’s debt on its purchase of the downtown YMCA. After two …


With caveat, city takes county money for Y

Most members of the Spokane City Council on Monday spoke in favor of transforming a building on an acre surrounded by Riverfront Park into apartments and commercial space. But facing …


City Council faces deadline on $4.3 million for YMCA

The $4.3 million question facing city leaders Monday isn’t whether to buy the old downtown YMCA. They purchased the 43-year-old building months ago.


Outdoor classroom sprouting at Y

To the untrained eye it looks pretty much like a playground, but there’s much more to the play fort and sandboxes that are being constructed on the south side of …


Outdoor classroom sprouting at Y

To the untrained eye it looks pretty much like a playground, but there’s much more to the play fort and sandboxes that are being constructed on the south side of …


Editorial: Council’s Y problem, budget gap intertwine

The overriding decision facing the Spokane City Council between now and year’s end is whether to adopt the 2010 budget. Meanwhile, the council also has to decide what to do …


Raze the Y, study says

A $17,000 study about the future of the former downtown YMCA has come to the same conclusion reached by the Spokane Park Board: The structure will become a strain on …


Council OKs Y purchase

The Spokane City Council on Monday grudgingly agreed to buy the former YMCA in Riverfront Park. The unanimous vote means the YMCA of the Inland Northwest will be fully compensated …


City grudgingly agrees to buy YMCA site

The Spokane City Council on Monday grudgingly agreed to buy the former YMCA in Riverfront Park.


City could sell YMCA

The Spokane City Council is poised to buy the YMCA property in Riverfront Park on Monday, but that’s no guarantee of public ownership. A majority of council members said this …