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FRAMINGHAM

Upgrades set to begin at Framingham YMCA branch

The MetroWest YMCA is carrying out a renovation and expansion of its Framingham branch with the help of a $7 million tax-exempt bond recently issued by MassDevelopment.

The upgrades to the branch facility, located at 280 Old Connecticut Path, are set to begin around Feb. 20.

The project involves a comprehensive overhaul of the entire 53,200-square-foot facility and construction of a 7,800-square-foot addition. It will allow the YMCA to expand and upgrade its Early Learning Center — thus allowing it to serve 22 more students — while also adding multi-purpose exercise space for youth programming.

Other improvements will include the addition of a teaching kitchen to prepare the food that is served to children in the Y’s youth programs and to provide cooking classes for families served by the Y. The pool, which was built in 1970, will also be renovated.

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Middlesex Savings Bank purchased the MassDevelopment bond. The Y is in the midst of a capital campaign to repay the bond and cover remaining costs of the approximately $8 million project.

Founded in 1891, the MetroWest YMCA serves about 25,000 people annually at its Framingham branch, its family outdoor center in Hopkinton, and its various programs throughout the MetroWest region.

“It’s a very exciting time for our YMCA and our communities as this renovation and expansion will help meet the needs of children and families for decades to come,” said Peter Waisgerber, chief development officer for the MetroWest YMCA.


John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.