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Board to sell Metro YMCA building

Negotiations are under way to sell the Metro YMCA building to a private health and fitness club operator. The board that oversees the facility, on Southwest Barbur Boulevard near downtown, has promised to reopen it elsewhere. But the new building might not be in the city of Portland, said Tammy Spencer, director of public relations for the YMCA of the Columbia-Willamette, the facility’s parent organization. Spencer said the potential buyer and sales price are confidential until negotiations are complete, which could take 60 days or more. She said the board of trustees of the YMCA of the Columbia-Willamette authorized the negotiation during a Wednesday morning meeting. Sales terms under discussion allow the YMCA to continue operating the facility for up to four years. Spencer said the sale is being considered for several reasons, including difficulties attracting a large number of families to the Metro Y. The number of families enrolled there has dropped because of changing demographics and new fitness clubs in the area, she said. “We want to be more family-friendly and have decided we need to reinvest in the community where that can happen,” Spencer said, adding that all areas in the Portland-Vancouver, Wash., metropolitan area will be considered. A number of problems have plagued the Metro Y in recent years, including a potential operating deficit that required membership dues increases as well as staff cuts and contributed to the recent transfer of its cardiac therapy program to Oregon Health and Science University. The program reopened last week in OHSU’s new Center for Health and Healing at the South Waterfront. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.