NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Despite delay after delay, construction work continues at the New Rochelle YMCA pool facility, as contractors put the finishing touches on more than a year’s worth of renovations.
During a routine inspection, contractors discovered that there was severe damage to the overhead drop ceiling above the pool, complete with dangerously eroded support beams, forcing officials to shut down the aquatic center - one of the main sources of revenue for the YMCA.
Originally, the pool was scheduled to be opened late last year, but it has been delayed multiple times. This week, they inched closer to that goal, installing new overhead lighting at the facility to give it a more vibrant aesthetic.
The grand opening has been repeatedly pushed back as officials dealt with “a few things that happened that were out of our control.” The opening date will now be determined once the Department of Health completes their inspection in the coming weeks.
“Our pool has been out of commission for over a year. That means, behind the scenes, our pump room was also out of commission,” YMCA officials said in a joint statement. “Imagine parking a car in the cold and not turning it on for an extended period of time. We knew that issues may arise, but we had no way of determining what those issues would be until we started everything up again.”
Since work began, the roof has been completely replaced, complete with new HVAC units. The interior of the center has been overhauled, complete with new paint along the walls and in the hallway and new pool lights. In addition to the interior and roof work, contractors also did some exterior work, replacing five windows.
Last month, the New Rochelle Fire Department assisted in re-filling the pool with water after a year, and now YMCA officials are entering the home stretch, heating the pool and balancing the water’s pH and chlorine levels.
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