The 4J School District approved a motion Wednesday night to set aside up to seven acres for the group to eventually buy, near Roosevelt Middle School.
The decision came a few months after the YMCA lost out on purchasing the Civic Stadium property.
The YMCA says it’s long outgrown its two-and-a-half acres on Patterson, and hopes to double the size of its current facility.
There is still uncertainty about how this could all work out, but the YMCA says the board’s unanimous decision is reassuring.
“It’s a tremendous relief. It really is a validation of a lot of the work that so many people have put into this for a very long time. We’ve been looking for a plot of land in South Eugene area for no fewer than 10 years,” said Julie Grossman, assistant executive director at Eugene Family YMCA.
The new “Y” would be built where the current Roosevelt sits, but they’ll likely have to wait until the school design process is finished, before negotiating a land purchase.
The school is expected to be finished by September 2016. Plans for that are still being finalized. Money from a school bond measure passed in May 2013 will fund the project.
The YMCA says even though the option of Civic Stadium could come back up in the next couple of months, they’re committed to a partnership with 4J.