Twelve community members (The Y’s Site & Facility Committee) spent most of 2008 through 2010 researching and investigating potential site locations for the YMCA in Northfield. Conversations were had with the City of Northfield, the Northfield School District, Northfield Hospital, land owners around town and many other nonprofits and business organizations to determine the best location for our community and for the business of a community center. A lengthy criteria was developed to include (but not limited to): acreage, centrality, logistical access, collaborative partners, prep costs and transportation access (walk, bike, motor, transit) for the entire community.
After two years, three final sites were selected and conversations with owners continued until the Northfield Y board accepted the Y Site & Facility Committee recommendation to work with Eugene and Sharon Jasnoch to purchase land behind Cub and Target.
At all levels of conversation, community members worked to follow the steps needed to ensure what we build is right for our community. This is a big project, one of the biggest Northfield has seen (outside of college projects). After the downturn of the economy in 2008, volunteers continued to work (though more slowly than initially anticipated) to share the project’s positive impact to all community members. Efforts continue as we have recently hired an architect and general contractor to prepare construction documentation. Breaking ground will not happen until we have reached 75% in pledges for the project.
If you would like more information or have questions and input for the project, please do not hesitate to contact a Y board member or the Executive Director, Virginia Kaczmarek (Virginia @northfieldymca.org)
2008-2012 Y Site & Facility Committee members: Jason Dindle, Joe Gasior, Ellen Iverson, Nathan Knutson, Lee Runzheimer, Dave McBeain, Pat Murtha, Bob Pfefferle, Scott Sannes, Christopher Sawyer, Christopher Sorenson and Gary Wicks