LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Since the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA opened in late December, popularity for this one stop shop facility is growing. From concept to creation, this project was ten years in the making. The $33.5 million investment brings various health, fitness and financial services under one roof.
The building, located at 1720 West Broadway in Louisville, is the first large investment in the California neighborhood in decades. Pumping some iron in the weight room, member Corey Chris Morris explained why this is more than just a new place he can workout.
“Just to have something that much closer it shows somebody is thinking about us down here. We have something that we can use,” Morris said.
Other than workout equipment, a pool, a gym and other things you could find in a normal YMCA, this location also has a Republic Bank & Trust, Norton Healthcare, ProRehab Physical Therapy, Family and Children’s Place and Gilda’s Club. For Dr. Brent Duncan, the Norton medical director on site, having all of these services under one roof eliminates barriers to patient care.
“Rather than saying ‘I hope you can go walk or let’s get you started with this or that’, we can just say ‘hey right next door or as soon as you walk out the door, you can start doing these things,'” Duncan said.
For councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA means more jobs and resources in the community she serves.
“We will literally be able to change lives for folks who live here in the California neighborhood and across Broadway in the beautiful Russel neighborhood because it’s one stop shopping and it’s shopping for the things you need most” Sexton Smith said.
With the transformation of this once empty lot, the goal is to start transforming lives.