YMCA's departure leaves big hole in Merivale Mall

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.

“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.