FOLEY - Throughout Baldwin County, construction has been slow going since Hurricane Sally devastated the area in September 2020. The Snook Family YMCA has felt these complications as well. The …
FOLEY - Throughout Baldwin County, construction has been slow going since Hurricane Sally devastated the area in September 2020. The Snook Family YMCA has felt these complications as well. The building was left in shambles after Sally tore off patches of the roof and water flooded down nearly every inch of the interior. While the exterior hid the inner destruction, once you stepped inside the impact was immediate. The building had to be gutted following the storm.
Now, passersby can spot movement within the Y, as progress has begun on the path to reconstruction.
“It’s a very slow start, but last week the teams started the demolition on the interior,” said District Executive Director Kim Hillman.
Hillman said the construction phase should begin immediately following the demo. With the plans complete and demolition started, Hillman wishes there was an exact date for a reopening. Unfortunately building materials are harder to acquire than typical. As of the end of April, it could potentially be another four to six months before construction is complete.
“This is not a normal rebuild, that’s why an opening date might not be feasible for four or six months,” Hillman said. “There are so many things families rely on us for, from summer camp to after school care, that I don’t want to give them a date and it not be accurate. All I can say is construction has begun, we’re working on it, and we can’t wait to get back to serving the community. This is killing us.”
The Y normally has an annual summer camp, but this year the Snook Family Y is unable to hold it at their facility. Fortunately, Hillman said families are able to apply for the summer camp at the Daphne YMCA for this year.
“I know it’s a drive, but if families are in need of care, we’re here in Daphne,” she said. “The list is filling up fast, but there’s a waiting list as well that families can get on.”
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