YMCA breaks ground on $13.5 Pike Township project with veterans’ focus

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Rendering of the new YMCA in Pike Township

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and community leaders have broken ground on the new $13.5 million OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA, unveiling a model of the eight-foot outdoor sculpture to honor U.S. veterans.

The 56,500-sq. ft. center at 5315 N. Lafayette Rd. will replace the current Y in Pike Township and is expected to open next year.

Building permit filings indicate the architect is Schmidt Architects and that there is a “condition hold for a valid general contractor’s license.”

The new YMCA will have child care and teen centers, an indoor pool, indoor track, gymnasium, and a demonstration kitchen, among other amenities, and will be better equipped to serve the growing neighborhood. It will also be the first facility of its kind in the nation to offer specialized medical services for veterans.

“The OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA will allow us to reach more families and better serve Pike Township,” said Eric Ellsworth, CEO and president YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. “Having a clinic on site will allow us to serve veterans as well. The diversity in the area will be reflected in this new center, and we can’t wait to see all of the great programs in action!”

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The groundbreaking ceremony (Indianapolis Y image)

Several partners, including the OrthoIndy Foundation, Lilly Endowment, the Indianapolis Colts and the Irsay Family, have pledged financial support to help build the facility, FOX-59 reports. The Metropolitan School District of Pike Township provided twelve acres of land for the new Y, and healthcare professionals from the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center will staff the medical service area for veterans.

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