Demolition is underway at the former YMCA site in Lancaster city, where the deteriorating structures will be replaced by a “park-like” public green space until Lancaster General Health decides on a permanent use for the property, which it acquired in 2005 and has been unused since 2009.
Much of the site is surrounded by a mural-like fence wrapping that shows art from more than 250 students at nearby Ross Elementary School, which will stay in place until demolition is finished.
Lancaster General said in a news release that the artwork "reflects health topics that students learn about in school."
"The kindergartners chose fruits for their theme, and the first graders, vegetables," the release said. "Second graders focused on healthy habits like exercising, bathing, and brushing their teeth. The third graders drew themselves doing activities they are good at, like dancing or riding a bike. The fourth grade students decided on tobacco- and drug-free living as their theme, and the fifth graders highlighted healthy physical activities like hiking."
Spokeswoman Mary Ann Eckard said the main buildings were built in 1958 and 1970, and demolition should be finished in March, with green space construction to start in April. The existing public parking on the lot will remain.
Companies working on the project include RGS Associates and Wohlsen Construction, according to Lancaster General.