Demolition of Former Downtown YMCA Now Underway
Demolition work started Monday morning with crews tearing down the former downtown YMCA.
Demolition work on the main building is expected to begin this week.
Taking a wrecking ball to the building or imploding it aren't possible because of the surrounding buildings, so demolition crews use machine shovels.
The six-story YMCA opened in 1951 at the corner of Townsend and West Lenawee streets and closed its doors on Dec. 20, 2002.
According to the Lansing State Journal, a $25 million project with 145 loft apartments and almost 7,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, dubbed Metro Place, is expected to be built at the site.