As you may be aware, our lease at the Babe Weiller Branch expires on October 31, 2016. Over the last several years, we have worked tirelessly to negotiate favorable rental rates with the landlords, identify funding for the required tenant improvements and locate alternative space. Unfortunately, we have not been successful in these endeavors. The combination of declining membership revenue, high downtown rental rates and the cost of tenant improvements has forced us to make the difficult decision to consolidate the Babe Weiller Branch with the Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Branch effective Friday, October 7.
The newly renovated Berlin Branch (located just east of downtown at 1075 South Euclid Avenue) is ready to welcome you. Many of your favorite group classes will be incorporated in the Berlin schedule (view schedule), and your Babe Weiller instructors will still be teaching those classes. The Berlin Branch offers additional amenities, including a pool, more studios and classes, larger changing rooms, child watch and larger social areas to congregate with friends. Staff and volunteers are waiting to give you a tour of the facility, connect you to classes and programs and answer any questions you may have. A welcome breakfast will be held Monday, October 10 at 8am and luncheon will be held on Tuesday, October 11 at 11:30am. We hope to see you there!
Thank you for your membership and support which enable the Sarasota YMCA to further our mission to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. If you have any questions, please visit the Babe Weiller Membership Desk or call (941) 366-6778.