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Downtown prepares to welcome all-new Kirk Family YMCA in October.

YMCA to return to Downtown with $35M remake of Lyric Theater

Downtown Kansas City hasn’t had a full-fledged YMCA in 40 years. That will change in a couple of months, reports The Kansas City Star

The Kirk Family YMCA will offer its full range of amenities to the public starting Oct. 11 in the renovated historic Lyric Theater building, 222 W. 11th St. The facility includes community meeting rooms, swimming pools, a gymnasium, a wellness area and a suspended indoor walking track.

The Y’s return to Downtown is the culmination of a $35 million renovation and reconstruction of the Lyric building. The project was funded by $16.9 million from the 11th Street Corridor Tax Increment Financing District, about $4 million from state tax credits and donations from foundations and individual donors. It is named for the Kirk family, longtime YMCA of Greater Kansas City donors and supporters of the Downtown Y.

The renovations, which began in 2018, combine contemporary design with the original building’s historic features. The lobby preserves marble flooring, wooden doors and elaborate ceiling finishes that date back to the 1920s. In some rooms, ornate ceilings hang above modern exercise equipment.

“I think it will show that even through the legacy of time that, when people get together, they can do some pretty cool things,” said Mark Hulet, the chief operations officer of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. Click here to read the complete story.

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