As we have reported earlier, about two years ago the local YMCA’s in the region merged and announced that they would like to establish a new consolidated headquarters and new facility in Conshohocken. Just recently it was announced that the YMCA will make its headquarters in the Verizon Building once the space is rehabbed.
Finding space to build a new facility has proved to be trickier. There really isn’t space within the Borough of Conshohocken to build it and so the search was expanded. We have heard that they have looked in Plymouth, Whitemarsh and Upper Merion.
We check out LoopNet, a commercial real estate website, periodically to see if anything new is for sale and last week we noticed that a large tract between Conshohocken Road and Alan Wood Road/Brook Road consisting of over 100 acres was listed for sale. The address listed is 75 Conshohocken Road. In the above image, it is basically the green covered area behind the buildings. If you look at the images within the linked to listing, you will also see that the land for sale also appears to include the driving range and a parking lot at Tee’s. The listing price is $75,000,000.
A little recently history, we have heard that several years ago this land was in the running to be the new hospital that was eventually built in East Norriton. That didn’t happen and it currently has a couple soccer fields operating under the name Proving Grounds (the Google Earth Image above was take before the soccer fields were built).
Obviously there is more than enough room for the new shiny YMCA’s with outdoor pools, etc., that are currently being built (check out the ones in Ambler and Havertown) in the region.
Will this property now be targeted as a potential new YMCA facility? We will try to find out and keep you posted.