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The Downtown YMCA, 725 Lake Ave. Racine YMCA President and CEO Jeff Collen continues to be optimistic that someone will come along to develop the property, especially with Foxconn coming to the area.

RACINE — Following the recent announcement that Foxconn Technology Group is planning to come to Mount Pleasant, Racine Family YMCA President and CEO Jeff Collen is optimistic about what that could mean for the YMCA, both Downtown and in Mount Pleasant.

For at least 10 years, developers have been looking at the YMCA’s Downtown facility at 725 Lake Ave., Collen said.

Sitting in a prime location along Lake Michigan, Collen continues to be hopeful a developer will step in, willing to buy the building and incorporate a new YMCA into the plans.

With Foxconn coming to the area, Collen believes it could be good timing for a developer to come in. But he didn’t have any specific development proposals he could share at this time.

What might come along? “We’ll see,” Collen said.

“I am always hopeful,” he said.

But Collen is not just looking at the Lake Avenue campus’ future.

The $10 billion Foxconn manufacturing campus could employ up to 13,000 people when fully operational. And even before that, it’s estimated the development will bring in up to 10,000 construction jobs. Along with those jobs will be more housing and more people wanting to use the YMCA, Collen said.

Some Foxconn workers who are in the area now are already using the current YMCA.

“I think we are going to need to do some expansion,” Collen predicted.


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Stephanie Jones is the managing editor for The Journal Times. She was previously the city reporter, government reporter, and police reporter. She grew up north of Green Bay and enjoys spending time in the community with her family.

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