Future of Kansas City, Kan., YMCA still in jeopardy

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The future of the YMCA at 8th and Armstrong in Kansas City, Kan., is still up in the air despite a recent bailout.

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kans., will meet tonight in an executive session to discuss it

Two months ago, the Unified Government gave the Kansas City, Kan., downtown YMCA a $100,000 grant which meant it could remain open through the end of the year.

Discussions now center around what it will take to keep the facility open long-term.

UG Commissioner, Brian McKiernan, said the process to try to find a permanent solution will likely take a long time.

"We are early in the process," McKiernan said, "We would love to have the YMCA continue operating in downtown Kansas City, Kansas.  It's just that's we need to gather information to try to map out a plan that would accomplish that."

There will be an executive session of the UG commission Thursday night beginning at 5:30 at the municipal building on the ninth floor in Kansas City, Kan.

There will likely be future meetings and public discussions to determine a possible partnership that will provide the funding source needed to keep the KCK YMCA open for business.

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