YMCA Files Reorganization Plan

Check out coverage from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Business Journal. And here is the press release.

So, what does it mean for the South Shore Y? From the Business Journal story …

The buyer of the Wauwatosa, Greenfield and Menomonee Falls branches was the YMCA of Central Waukesha County. The Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA in Saukville was sold to the Kettle Moraine YMCA of West Bend.

Three other properties the Milwaukee Y owns will be placed in a trust until the properties are sold with proceeds going to the bank group. The properties are: undeveloped land in Franklin, the downtown Milwaukee branch in the Plankinton Building condo and the South Shore branch in Cudahy. …

The Milwaukee Y will focus on health and wellness and youth development not directly related to academics. The organization will emphasize swimming classes, corporate and community wellness, senior wellness, before and after-school care, day and overnight camps. The Y will continue running the following branches: downtown Milwaukee; at the Parklawn city of Milwaukee housing project; 1350 W. North Ave.; 9250 N. Green Bay Road in Brown Deer; and 3244 E. College Ave. in Cudahy.

 The South Shore branch in Cudahy could close if a buyer cannot be found, Tolan said.

I’ll keep you posted.

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3 responses to “YMCA Files Reorganization Plan

  1. jhayslett

    If the South Shore Y closes, it will be a terrible blow for us, not just because it’s a superior facility with excellent staff and equipment, is very well run and has convenient hours. It will also be a great loss for those, like my husband, who depend on the therapeutic benefits of the whirlpool for orthopedic problems. Hundreds of area residents use the Y every day, many exclusively for the pool/whirlpool facility. Blast! (formerly Bally’s) fitness on Layton Avenue in Cudahy closed its pool/whirlpool area last summer, leaving the South Shore Y the only fitness center in the area with such a service.

    With the hundreds of children who learn to swim and participate in swimming and other programs at the South Shore Y, it would be tragic to lose this magnet for young families that South Milwaukee and Cudahy say they want so desperately to attract and keep.

    In weighing our options (we also use the gym cardio and weight equipment several times a week), it occurred to us that given that the South Shore Y is profitable and self-sustaining, officials with the cities of Cudahy and South Milwaukee, which borders Y property and has many residents who are Y members, might explore a collaborative arrangement with one of the area’s philanthropic families, such as the Sterens, who are strong, longtime and generous supporters of the South Shore Y, on ways to keep the facility open and functioning. What a terrific public service that would be!

    • Rick

      I agree. I am surprised that a Health Club has not expressed interest in this facility.

    • Betsy A.

      Well said, jhayslett. I hope you send this to the J/Sentinel in response to their article on Tuesday. If it were not for a now-defunct Milwaukee County pool at Gordon Park offering summer recreation swim classes and an also similarly “disappeared” YWCA downtown, I would not know how to swim. This is such a vital part of our raising our families to thrive and survive in water. And this Y has afforded me much the same as your husband for orthopedic support in recent years.

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