Stephen Butz, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Vancouver, told Abbotsford Today that, the YMCA would consider coming to the city at a later date if the City of Abbotsford decides it cannot afford to participate in the project until it has put its financial house in order.
Butz made the statement during an full in-depth interview with Today about the YMCA proposal and an open and frank discussion of the political controversy surrounding his organization’s plan.
Currently, the YMCA is engaged with three other communities at various stages of the facility development process. We expect to build at least three new YMCA centers over the next decade, all in collaboration with local municipalities. As our work is most advanced in Abbotsford, we see one of three options:
- Say yes to the municipal funding share and we hit the ground running now.
- Say no to the municipal funding share, and we turn our attention and resources to other emerging opportunities.
- Say yes to the municipal funding share, but begin the project as a later date. This is a new option we are prepared to explore. Right now Abbotsford holds the priority one spot of the three projects we will develop. We would be prepared to consider advancing another project and delay Abbotsford potentially for 2-3 years. Perhaps this would benefit the City in consideration of their capacity to finance their share. Such an option would be subject to a firm confirmation of funding by the City in order to allow the YMCA to advance its other plans with some certainty.
For the full interview simple click here.