The former Millville YMCA closed its doors in August 1990. In October of 1997 the Millville Housing Authority used a federal grant to purchase the abandoned site. The site consisted of four buildings: a gymnasium, administration, pool and racquetball courts. There was also a 3000+ square foot basement. The Housing Authority converted the gymnasium and administration building into a thirty unit apartment complex. The pool, basement and racquetball courts were left in their original state of disrepair.
The Housing Authority assembled a team of design professionals who came up with a plan to renovate the remaining portions of the original YMCA complex. The concept involved designing a multi-use facility which could be used by residents at as low of a cost as possible. The general idea was to find a way to fund such uses and then to find a way to design the uses into a fairly limited space.
The plan called for the construction of two floors in the area occupied by the former racquetball courts. The first floor would have entrances off of Mulberry Street. It would house recreational rooms, a senior center and an observation deck overlooking the pool. The second floor would have offices for the Millville Housing Authority.
When one enters from Mulberry Street (entrance is handicapped accessible) you proceed to a receptionist desk next to the observation deck which overlooks the pool. You then proceed through a newly constructed hallway to the pool area. A dry sauna has been installed on the pool deck for our members to use. As you walk down the hallway, windows have been cut so that you can look into the pool as you are proceeding to the locker rooms. There are new locker rooms for men and women and two rooms for handicapped individuals. These can also be used as "family" changing areas (e.g. a mother and her young son). There is also an office for the aquatics director.
Downstairs, the basement has been converted to a large exercise area with additional locker rooms including small steam baths. The room is furnished with the most modern exercise equipment