YMCA of Central Florida selects development team for new family center

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The YMCA of Central Florida has selected the development team to build its 23rd YMCA location in Dr. Phillips Charities’ new community called The Packing District.

The YMCA has selected general contractor Brasfield & Gorrie; engineering firm GAI Consultants; architect RLF; and owner representative Foundry Commercial to design and build the 27,000-sq.-ft. center.

“This team will work diligently to create an innovative YMCA experience that will serve as a beacon for the residents of the surrounding community and neighborhoods. We will create a welcoming place where neighbors are connected, lives are improved and our region is strengthened for generations to come,” Dan Wilcox, the CEO of the YMCA of Central Florida, said in a statement.

Spanning two stories, the new YMCA will play a key role in Dr. Phillips Charities’ planned 202-acre, $480-million transformational project The Packing District.

The Packing District is a 202-acre project centered at the intersection of Princeton St. and Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando. Historic buildings will be repurposed, integrated with new uses, and connected to dedicated public spaces by a new and bold plan for urban trails and a new 100-acre public park dedicated to health and wellness, education, arts and community, and sustainability.

Preparations began to ready the site for construction in 2018. The project will continue to mature over the next 10-15 years as laid out in the four-phase master plan.

Dr. Phillips Charities announced its plans to have a YMCA within The Packing District last November and has provided a lead gift to the nonprofit of $8.9 million to begin the development of the new Family Center. In addition, Dr. Phillips Charities donated the land for the Y at the planned roundabout at Princeton Street and Texas Avenue within a new regional park.

Construction on the facility is projected to break ground in late 2019-early 2020, with a grand opening scheduled for early 2021.

Once complete, the YMCA will offer state-of-the art wellness equipment and specialized programs both indoors and outdoors that promote healthy living for every age and ability.

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