Jonesboro City Council approves purchase of YMCA

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - New developments are unfolding after the Jonesboro city council approved the resolution for the city to purchase in the YMCA Tuesday night. It comes at the price of $475,000. It's an investment Mayor Harold Perrin believes is an awesome opportunity for the city.

"I think it's a win situation for the YMCA and for the city of Jonesboro," said Perrin.

With the green light from the city council, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin is excited to move ahead with the purchase of the YMCA.

"It includes the pool, includes the building, and the 5.03 acres behind the building," said Perrin.

The land really struck Perrin's interest after looking at the pool facility updates needed at the Earl Belle Center.

"we noticed that the life of that pool had come to an end," said Perrin.

Several months ago, Perrin was approached by the YMCA board of directors to make some kind of arrangement with the city. It was only in the past couple of weeks that offers were passed around the table to price the property.

Perrin says the location will be a perfect fit to go along with updates the city has already made in that area. "The city already owns and has placed a brand new fire station in the area less than three years ago. We have a wonderful city park and this is going to be tied right back to that," said Perrin.

The cost to fund the purchase will come from money set aside in this year's budget for capital improvements. Of course renovations will be needed, which Perrin plans to tackle first.

"We have to get that pool in operation because over the years that pool has had some wear and tear on it too," said Perrin, as well as updates to the baby pool and restroom facilities. From there, Perrin will address the building facilities committee to looking to plans for the future.

"You hear a lot of people talk about aquatics and you hear a lot about a water park. This will give us an option. We would have the land there to do that depending on the funds the city has in the future," said Perrin.

Perrin says he will immediately start work to close on the property Wednesday and then start to put bids out to begin work on the pool. Considering it's already April, Perrin believes the pool probably won't be up and running until at least July 1.

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