190814 YMCA Railing

Construction workers David Holden and Wayne Gieske work on installing new railing at the YMCA.[CAROLINE OGLESBY/ TIMESDAILY]

FLORENCE — Week 9 of construction at the YMCA of the Shoals has the first phase of the  project on target for its late October completion.

Executive Director Lane Vines said phase one involves remodeling and reconfiguration of space.

The construction involves the creation of a new 3,000 square-foot group exercise area where the former gymnasium was located, reconfigured ADA-compliant boys and girls locker rooms and an elevator leading to the second floor.  

There is also second level track resurfacing, the addition of a community meeting room and functional fitness center for specialty classes. The new strength/equipment center will move downstairs. 

"The Y is a connector in the community and we do it in several positive ways including over coffee," Vines said, adding that the former front exercise studio area is being re-purposed into a new coffee bar.

Phase two involves new construction additions to the campus.

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