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YMCA FUND DRIVE TOPS GOAL IN JAMESTOWN

The Jamestown YMCA has exceeded its capital campaign goal of $2.5 million to fund renovation of its building and construction of a second gymnasium and swimming pool, the campaign chairman, Peter Sullivan, announced this morning.

"I'm very, very pleased," Sullivan said. "It's just fun to be involved in a project that means so much."

The successful fund-raising, he said, "solidified the future of a great community organization."

Just over $2.7 million was raised in the campaign that began in January.

The facilities of the YMCA at 101 E. 4th St., date to 1928, said executive director Mark Eckendorf, and "were too small."

"That's why we need an additional gym and an additional pool, because we were overcrowded," he said.

He said an architect is preparing plans and the project will be bid in January.

Construction is expected to begin in March and be completed in September 1991.

Eckendorf said the YMCA currently serves about 4,000 to 5,000 people and will probably serve more with the additional facilities. He said the land-bound facility was aided by the city's gift of the alley that runs along the building. In addition, Goldome and Marine Midland banks are negotiating to provide portions of their property for new construction.

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