Daemen Officials Announce use for Former YMCA Building
Former Y Facility Seen as Good fit for College Athletics Programs
April 11, 2013
Contact: Mike Andrei
Daemen College plans to use the former YMCA building on Main Street in Snyder exclusively for academic programs related to health and athletics, gym and fitness, College officials announced today.
Daemen President Gary A. Olson made the announcement at the College’s annual Student Athlete Appreciation Day ceremony before a crowd of student athletes and coaches.
“The College has no current plans to make any external structural changes to the building,” said Olson. “There are plans to relocate several existing programs from the main campus to the YMCA building. This should also assist in spreading out the demand for parking.”
The building, located on a two acre parcel at 4433 Main Street, across from the College campus, formerly served as the Northeast Family Branch of the YMCA. Daemen acquired the building when the YMCA opened its new facility on Tech Drive next to the Erie County Community College North campus.
Daemen’s use of the YMCA building is restricted to health and athletics due to grant funding from New York State, which assisted in acquiring the facility. Daemen is in the first year of a transition to NCAA Division II competition, and College administrators see the former YMCA as a good fit for Daemen athletic programs.
Daemen has secured 111 new parking spaces, including those at the YMCA. The College has obtained 30 spaces from Amherst Central High (across the street from Daemen), as well as another 20 from neighboring Campus Manor Apartments, along Campus Drive. Thirty additional spaces will be constructed over the summer on the main campus. The College continues to explore additional on and off campus parking options.
In late May, Daemen will sponsor a reception on campus for neighbors and local residents.