South Shore YMCA To Close

The Cudahy YMCA will close effective January 31, the organization announced this morning.

From the press release …

As announced in June 2014, the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee has been implementing a comprehensive restructuring plan designed to address its operating challenges, repay as much debt as possible and reposition the Milwaukee Y for the future. That plan called for the organization to establish a Milwaukee Y comprised of centers within (or very close to) the City of Milwaukee and sell off the majority of its owned real estate assets, including the South Shore Y, in order to pay down debt.

Since that time, the Milwaukee Y’s leadership diligently sought a new operator for the South Shore Y, but no buyers have come forward with an offer. While the Milwaukee Y has a deep appreciation for the passion and involvement of the South Shore Y community, it simply is not possible for the organization to continue operations and make the required investments to address the extensive deferred maintenance at the center and make the improvements needed for it to compete long-term. When the center is closed on January 31, it is anticipated that the building and related assets will be placed into a bank trust administered by BMO Harris Bank (or its designee), as agreed to in the Milwaukee Y’s plan of reorganization, which is to be considered by the Court on January 30. The bank trustee will have full authority and discretion to operate, lease, sell, assign or otherwise dispose of the South Shore facility or other trust assets.

“This was a very difficult decision, and one we didn’t come to without exploring all other options,” said Julie Tolan, president and chief executive officer of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee. “We are sincerely sorry for the impact this will have on our many loyal South Shore members and employees, and we pledge to work tirelessly over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth transition for all involved.”

Current South Shore Y members have the option to transition to a different Milwaukee Y center by January 31. Employees who cannot be retained at other centers will be offered severance.

I’ll post more details later.

This is obviously disappointing news, albeit not surprising. Please post your comments below.


Filed under Community, South Milwaukee

4 responses to “South Shore YMCA To Close

  1. Linda Tomczyk

    Many people in the community used their services over the years.The Y’s lot is always busy. I can’t believe that someone wouldn’t want to take it over. Many area fitness centers don’t offer a pool. Many of the life guards used at the County Parks and the South Milwaukee Pools got their training at the Y. I think they the facility will be missed as it was a place where families could go. All these hospital’s talking about fitness one would think they would be interested. Many good friends and memories will be missed.

  2. jhayslett

    Yes, very disappointing — and so short sighted. South Shore cities and area business leaders and elected officials who want to attract young families to settle in the area, and who say they want healthier communities with activities and programs for kids have really missed out. The entire region will suffer.

  3. Andy Simmons

    This is very disappointing. I learned to swim at this Y as a young child and now my wife and I still frequent it. Anyone who was ever used another gym knows there will be no good replacement.

  4. susan

    It is a sad sign of these economic times. I grew up in that area and enjoyed so many of these types of benefits. Really can’t imagine my childhood without them.

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