Pooler YMCA receives an investment of $ 1.6 million as West Chatham grows

The Coastal YMCA is investing $ 1.6 million in capital improvements to the West Chatham YMCA facility in Puller. This fall, the most trafficked branch of coastal Georgia will see renovations of critical infrastructure such as the gym, lobby and parking lot, which will modernize and expand the wellness center.

The investment is the first major capital project of the YMCA of Coastal Georgia in Chatham County since 2005 and serves as a starting point for a long-term capital strategy to address community trends and needs across the association, the YMCA said in a press release.

“With this much-needed overhaul, we look to the future and work to ensure that our facilities and services are ready to serve for the next 50 years,” said Joel Smoker, CEO of YCMA Coastal Georgia.

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The West Chatham YMCA facility in Puller will receive a capital investment of $ 1.6 million.  The renovation is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023.

In 2018, demographic and modernization studies were conducted before the pandemic slowed down strategic planning. With the resumption of the schedule, renovations to the 50-acre complex are scheduled to begin in September and are expected to be completed next April or May, according to Smoker.

The current floor of the fitness center will be open to make room for additional activities and new equipment. The lobby, which members and students often use as a work space or seating area, will also be remodeled.

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