Could Mercy Site Be Used For Y's Aquatic Center?Posted: Updated:
The fence comes down around the former Mercy Hospital site in Watertown. It's the most change that's happened there in 4 years.
Years ago, a medical facility used to be there, but COR Development cleared the site in 2014 and announced plans to build retail space and apartments. That has yet to happen - Watertown's demand for it has changed.
Tuesday COR reaffirmed its commitment, saying in a statement, "COR Development remains committed to the project and is working with the community and key stakeholders to identify the best solution and path forward in developing the site."
But could something else go there? The Watertown YMCA is looking to build a new $16 million aquatics and community center and it was seriously looking at the former Medical Arts Building on Clinton Street. But, there are certain funding opportunities that aren't available at that location.
"It's not a seriously distressed site, and there is some funding ability within those that are seriously distressed, obviously, because they want to bring energy and economic development to areas that are distressed so that particular location is cut out of that and it's also not a part of the opportunity zone and those 2 opportunities certainly are ones we would like to take advantage of if we can, so we are looking at all options," said YMCA CEO Denise Young.
The Clinton Street site hasn't been eliminated, but the YMCA is keeping its options open. So could the Mercy site be a good fit?
"There are many options with enough space and location that we can look at and obviously space is an issue so we do need a large site," said Young.
Is that site is large enough for what the YMCA is looking to do?
"Certainly, it would be large enough, yes," said Young.
Would COR Development be interested in abandoning its plans and working with another group in developing this land? We reached back out to COR and asked, but we didn't hear back.