YMCA Bucks has taken the next step toward constructing a completely new building on South Oxford Valley Road in Fairless Hills.
With the help of an excavator, the old outside walls are coming down. Soon, a modern 40,000 facility will take its place.
In an unorthodox adjustment to the pandemic, YMCA Bucks held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning. More than 150 officials and members of the public viewed the event.
Several local officials congratulated YMCA Bucks on the ground breaking. State Senators Tommy Tomlinson (R-6) and Steve Santarsiero (D-10) sent pre-recorded messages.
“I was proud to work with the members of our House and Senate delegation to help bring back a $1 million grant for this project,” said Tomlinson. “It is important that we continue to invest in the organization that invests in our community.”
“The YMCA is a wonderful organization that offers diverse programs and recreational opportunities for individuals and families throughout our community,” said Santarsiero. “It was my honor to work with Senator Tomlinson to secure $2 million in state funding through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, or RCAP, for the Bucks County YMCA, which helps with improvement projects like this one.”
YMCA Bucks Chief Development Officer Debbie Sontupe noted the organization has now received $4 million through RCAP.
Moore went on to thank numerous elected officials, including Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01). Fitzpatrick watched as part of the virtual audience, but did not speak.
“Congressman Fitzpatrick was voted as the YMCA Champion by our national Y movement for the second year in a row this year,” said Moore. “And his commitment to the Y movement, not only in Bucks County but across the country, has been instrumental.”
Moore also gave a special thank you to the late former Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick, who sat on the Y’s board, saying he “guided us along the way in this expansion and in creating this home. He was such an immense help and he will be remembered always.”
YMCA Bucks also recognized several other elected officials, including:
- Bucks County Commissioner Robert Harvie
- Former State Senator Charles T. McIlhinney Jr.
- State Rep. Tina Davis
- State Rep. Frank Farry
- State Rep. John Galloway
- State Rep. Todd Polinchock
- State Rep. Meghan Schroeder
- State Rep. Craig Staats
- State Rep. Wendi Thomas
- State Rep. K.C. Tomlinson
- State Rep. Perry Warren
- Former State Rep. Wendy Ullman
- Former State Rep. Marguerite Quinn