October 16, 2017 10:59 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- The Austin city council Monday approved plans for the city's new recreation center, to be built at the site of the former municipal power plant on 4th Avenue NE.
In a unanimous vote, the council approved the building's floor plan, which is set to include a new YMCA as well as other areas that will be free and open to the public. Those spaces include an event room, a 5,000-square-foot youth area and a 2,000-square-foot indoor play area.
Much of the $35 million price tag will be absorbed by a $25 million donation from the Hormel Foundation and another $5 million from the company itself. A fundraising drive will be held to raise the remaining $5 million.
If that drive raises more money, the second floor of the facility could be expanded to include another fitness studio, city administrator Craig Clark said.
"The first option has a smaller gym on the second floor and two studios, (and) the second option has a larger gym and three studios so that's effectively the difference between the two plans," he said. "The council is approving the minimum tonight, and if they are able to fundraise and get the resources for the expanded opportunities, then they'll go forward in that fashion."
Jerry Ulwelling, a member of the Austin YMCA for 52 years, weighed in on the plan Monday night.
"I like what we've had, but it's probably time for an upgrade," he said. "I think it'll be great, I'll be a member."
Demolition is set to begin by the end of the year, with the facility possibly opening in the fall or winter of 2019.
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