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      YMCA in Negaunee to pick up its roots

      The Negaunee YMCA is moving to a new location, thanks to a generous business agreement. The new building will allow the Y to expand their programs and cater to the needs of its 1200 plus members.

      Range Bank of Negaunee knew the Y was looking for a larger location and offered up their building for a discounted rate.

      "Currently we're running a lot of programs out of a small amount of group use space, and we will be able to expand and offer more programs and just be able to impact more lives," said Rachel Berglund, West End Leader for the YMCA.

      Range Bank offered their building on Iron Street in Negaunee to the YMCA for $295,000, about 70 percent less than what the building is worth.

      "Well, we have been in Negaunee for 126 years, and we have loyalty to Negaunee, and we want to see Negaunee thrive and be successful, and we feel this is a great benefit to the community," said Jack Frost, Chief financial Officer, Range Bank.

      The Y says one of the more exciting aspects of the move is the fact that there will be a community space, as well as childcare available.

      In addition, the YMCA is looking to construct a sauna, showers and locker rooms, more exercise classes and fitness equipment, and more youth programs.

      "Well, as our programs expand on the west end, we will absolutely have to add more staff. Some of the staff will be instructors, some supervisors, and other outreach people, but right now it's just getting our location up and running," said Lisa Coombs-Gerou, CEO of the YMCA's of Marquette County.

      Range Bank will move out of their current building and into the I-Economy Building on the corner of Washington and Front street in Marquette near the end of August.

      The YMCA will begin remodeling their new building in September, and they hope to open their doors in January, 2014.