LA GRANGE – The YMCA of Metro Chicago is taking proposals from developers to fill the vacant site of the former Rich Port YMCA property, and plans could include a fitness center that would bring Y programs back to the site.
The organization occupied a five-story building at 31 E. Ogden Ave. for nearly 60 years before leaving in 2008. The building was demolished in 2010, and the site has been vacant since. An effort to redevelop the property fell through during the recession that began in 2008.
The YMCA announced Wednesday that it hired Colliers International to issue a request for proposals for a mixed-use development at the site, encouraging options that include a new YMCA.
“We know the real estate market is starting to come back, after being hit hard by the Great Recession,” said Richard Malone, YMCA of Metro Chicago CEO, in a news release. “We want to find a feasible project that makes productive use of the space for the people of La Grange.”
Programs previously held at the Rich Port YMCA are now offered at various locations including A YMCA site in La Grange Park, Lyons Township High School, the Willow Springs Park District and village-owned facilities in Brookfield.
After leaving the site at the corner of Ogden Avenue and La Grange Road, the YMCA tried to find a donor to fund a new building, but those efforts were unsuccessful. The organization will continue to seek private support as it receives proposals from developers, it said.