Columbia County will get new Family Y

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By summer, Family Y members in Columbia County will have a new facility in which to get in shape.

Family Y executives announced this week plans to open a 19,000-square-foot location in Evans Town Center on North Belair Road.

"It solves some challenges we've been facing," President and Chief Executive Officer Danny McConnell said.

"There are four different ways to get on and off (that) property, so access is much more convenient.

"It also solves parking issues that have been a challenge at our current location."

The Family Y will operate out of its Lenox Plaza facility on Washington Road until renovations on the new building are complete.

The move increases the Family Y's square footage by about 7,000.

"That allows us to expand many of the offerings that are already there," McConnell said.

The new facility will include an 8,000-square-foot fitness center, a weight room, 20 more pieces of cardio equipment, an expanded spinning room and larger child care areas.

Also this year, McConnell said he intends to announce a location for a 40,000- to 50,000-square-foot "flagship" Family Y in Columbia County.

He said Evans, Grovetown and Martinez also might one day get branches.

"In order to serve that county, as big as it is, we need three different service areas," he said.

For information on the Marshall Family Y, call (706) 364-3269 or visit www.thefamilyy.org.

Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115, or donnie.fetter@augustachronicle.com.

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