YMCA's departure leaves big hole in Merivale Mall

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It is “too early” to tell what Merivale Mall will do with the space that will soon be vacated by the YMCA, mall manager Cindy Lavigne said Tuesday.

The Nepean YMCA has decided not to renew its lease at the Merivale Mall

“Check back in a month or so,” she wrote in an e-mail.

The Y announced Monday it would not renew its lease at the mall. Its last day of operations will be March 25.

In a statement signed by president and CEO Bob Gallagher and associate vice-president Rob Adams, the Y said it had been facing increasing restrictions on the “type, times and locations” of its various activities. These restrictions were put in place to minimize noise and “vibration disruptions” to the mall’s other tenants, it said.

The Y said the physical constraints of the facility limited its ability to offer “multi-generational programming, youth nights and swim lessons.”

“Although we have been working with the landlord to find a resolution, we are not confident that a viable solution can be found that would allow the Y to successfully operate at this location,” it said.

Organizations: YMCA

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  • Jim
    February 04, 2016 - 08:11

    A year ago, the new president of Target could not face the challenge of properly managing a difficult situation. Much easier to dump the whole lot and blame it on the previous guy. Do we have the same story replaying at the Y. New president has not yet started but by the information displayed seems to have been involved. Get rid of the challenges and then coast!!

  • Amy
    February 03, 2016 - 11:31

    Good for the Y. Hard to imagine what Lavigne was thinking, antagonizing a major tenant so close to the end of their lease. It's not like there's a waiting list to get space in Merivale Mall.