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Village Hall, YMCA proposed in Sussex

 Village of Sussex -  Village officials are expected to announce later today a  more than $20 million proposed redevelopment partnership between the Waukesha YMCA and the village that will result in the construction of a new YMCA building and civic center on Main Street.

The tenative plans call for a 75,000 square foot YMCA and a 45,000 square foot civic center that will be built adjacent to each other on about 8 acres of land owned by the village where the existing village hall and Pauline Haass Library is located.

There will also be some additional space provided to the library as part of the construction of the new civic center, according to Village Administrator Jeremy Smith.

The new Y will include an aquatic center, a fitness center and two gymnasiums.

Village residents will be permited to join the Y at a discounted rate and some village recreational programs will  use the facility. The village is expected to pay for approximately half of the estimated $14 to $15 million to build the new Y,

Village taxpayers will also be asked to pay an additional approximately $7 million to $8 million for the construction of the new civic center which, in  addition to housing village government administrative officials, will also provide a home for the Sussex Out Reach (SOS), the local food pantry, and park and recreation programs as well as activities and services for senior citizens that are administered by the village.

Both the new civic center and the village's contribution to the YMCA construction would be paid for by either long term notes or bonds, according to Smtih.

 Smith estimated that the village share of the YMCA construction will equate to costing a typical real estate taxpayer in the village an additional $12 a year.

However, he suggested that cost is offset by the additional benefits both village residents and the village government will gain from the new Y, including the use of a new swimming pool and other recreational facilities in the new building.

In addition, he predicted that the market value of a home in the village will increase by about $2,800 because of the redevelopment of the downtown, Main Street, local government campus.

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