Grimsby YMCA progressing despite Covid delays
Having been approved last October, the building works have been interrupted and delayed on multiple occasions due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The charity and local authorities have confirmed that works are on track is being made.
However, the pandemic has slowed progress, with a number of social-distancing measures in place and only 20 people allowed on site at any one time.
Once complete the new four-story facility will consist of 74 bedroom units, replacing the current site on Peaks Lane.
It will also house a health and wellbeing centre, cafe, gym and conference and exhibition rooms.
Debbie Cook, chief executive of YMCA Humber, said:
“It’s very much about the YMCA stepping up as a community leader, we are a community charity.
“We are known for our support for homeless and vulnerable people but we do much more than that.
“After a consultation with local people, we were asked for a place that could provide somewhere for children to dance, conference facilities, art space, well-being space – everything that would represent an additional focus for the YMCA.
“Our Peaks Lane facility is very much at the end of the road.
“It doesn’t have good access to transport or health facilities that our residents need and we want them to feel that they are part of a community.”
Lia Nici, MP for Great Grimsby, recently visited the site on Freeman Street.
Discussing the advancing development, she added:
“It’s exactly the kind of vision we need in Freeman Street, which has been down at heel for a generation or more.
“It’s exciting times for the area, which may spur on further development in the future.”
The development is expected to create jobs for up to 50 people.