Hayes-Taylor YMCA Looking to Move in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Hayes-Taylor YMCA in Greensboro has welcomed people through the same doors for 73 years, but the location of those doors could soon be changing.

Staff at the YMCA, located at the corner of Market and Dudley Street, are interested in a new location with more outdoor space and better parking, according to Larry Burnett, the YMCA’s Executive Director.

“We’re hoping at the new facility we’ll have two football fields, we’ll have soccer, lacrosse and football and those things where the children can go out and play,” Burnett said.

The YMCA sold its building to N.C. A&T State University several months ago.  The school has expressed interest in turning the property into a second building for its School of Engineering.

“We’re bursting at the seams right now with engineering students on the campus — both local as well as national and international — so we need to continue to think way down the road,” Andrew Perkins, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities, said.

Before either organization can start acting on their desires, the YMCA needs to raise millions of dollars.

“That’s the thing that woke me up at 3:00 this morning,” Burnett said.  “It’s challenging to do that. But we think we can do it. We’ve gotten some positive signs.”

The facility is currently in a two-year lease, but YMCA officials hope to be ready to move when the lease ends.

YMCA officials are also seeking public input on their ideas.  A public meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday Gateway University Research South Campus Auditorium on Lee Street.