As we posted about here a few months ago, the YMCA of the Triangle has backed away from its initial position of closing the Lakewood Y facility. However, controversy over the plans has continued as the Triangle Y organization -- a cross-county organization formed a few years ago when Durham's YMCA merged with the much-larger Raleigh foundation -- has floated a proposal to sell the Lakewood facility and then lease back a portion of the space for a Y facility.
The latter proposal hasn't sat well with the Committee to Save the Lakewood Y, a community group recently honored with the Independent Weekly's 2007 Citizen Award. Besides concerns over the transparency of the process and the level of community involvement, it seems natural to be worried that the Y may be using this approach as a way to take one more step back from a long-term commitment to the Lakewood operation. The CSLY folks have intimated that YMCA of the Triangle's long-term goal may well be to raise capital through the building sale to focus on adding a Y to serve (fast-growing and more-affluent) South Durham, with the fear that Lakewood is left languishing and without sufficient investment.
Tonight, Durham YMCA board members are hosting a community forum on what the Y is calling the "repurposing" of the Lakewood facility. The forum begins at 6 p.m. at the Lakewood Y. We'll have an update after the meeting on what transpires.