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The new swimsuit water extractor machine in the new family locker room at the Northside Y is a hit. So are the new water fountains that have a water bottle-filling feature.
The $5 million project to modernize the Northside Family Y at 4207 Old Brook Road is about 85 percent done, and some of the little extras are surprisingly popular, said Theresa Johnson, the facility's executive director.
The renovations are expected to be completed by Dec. 1. A new, brightly lit entrance with automatic doors, a larger fitness and wellness center, and accessible family locker rooms and bathrooms are among the updates to the facility.
"Not only will the renovations make us more accessible, visible and welcoming to our community ... but also it gives us more opportunities to address issues of community health, teen programming, youth development programming and multigenerational," Johnson said.
The 36,973-square-foot facility is being enlarged by 2,605 square feet, bringing it to 39,578 square feet.
Renovations at the Petersburg Y at 120 N. Madison St. also are expected to be completed Dec. 1. That $6 million project, which is about 95 percent complete, is expanding the facility from about 39,200 square feet to 49,000 square feet, with part of that additional space on a new second level.
Next in line for renovations is the Manchester Y at 7540 Hull Street Road in North Chesterfield.
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