The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is set to break ground this week on a major project. The $22 million downtown Indianapolis location is part of the CityWay development near Eli Lilly and Co.'s (NYSE: LLY) world headquarters.

July 14, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will break ground on its new 87,000 square foot CityWay YMCA at 9:30 a.m. on July 16. The new CityWay YMCA will be located downtown at 430 S. Alabama Street on the southeast corner of Delaware and South Streets. The $22 million facility will be the second of three new centers to be built as a result of the Y's Strengthening the Heart of the City Capital Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to enable the Y to build full-service centers in Indianapolis neighborhoods that have not had access to the Y's life and community changing resources that the Y has to offer.

Joining two of the most eclectic downtown Y's in the country, the Indy Bike Hub YMCA and the historic YMCA at the Athenaeum, the new CityWay YMCA will be a three-story facility offering the following amenities:

• Two indoor swimming pools

• Three full-sized gyms

• Green roof space for outdoor classes

• Elevated indoor running track

• State-of-the-art Wellness Center with cardiovascular and strength equipment

• Instructional kitchen/culinary studio to help teach individuals and families how to prepare nutritious meals

• Headquarter office for Top 10 Coalition

• Medical offices

The groundbreaking ceremony will include an overview of the new CityWay YMCA and brief remarks from several prominent community partners and supporters including Bart Peterson, former mayor of the City of Indianapolis and Co-chair of the YMCA’s Strengthening the Heart of the City Campaign, Eric Ellsworth, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and others.

“For 160 years the Y has been committed to serving the individuals, children and families across Central Indiana,” said Eric Ellsworth. With everyone's support, these new facilities will provide much needed services to strengthen the long-term health of our community,” added Ellsworth.

The Y is grateful to its partners, Buckingham Properties, the United Way Capital Projects Fund and the City of Indianapolis who have been instrumental in making the CityWay YMCA a reality. The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation provided the lead gift of $5 million for the CityWay YMCA, but more funding is needed. With a total of $17 million raised to date, the Y is still seeking help from the community to secure the remaining $5 million.

For more information and to learn how to support the YMCA's Strengthening the Heart of the City Capital Campaign, visit or contact Jim Wood, Chief Development Officer, at 317-266-9622.

Shiel Sexton Company in partnership with Strategic Management Solutions is the general contractor for the project and Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf is the architect.

About the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis serves more than 200,000 people in diverse communities throughout greater Indianapolis. The YMCA brings together young and old, men and women, people of all faiths, backgrounds and incomes. Last year, the YMCA provided nearly $6 million in scholarships, subsidies and underwritten programs and community services in low-income neighborhoods. Through 13 locations and in collaboration with more than 200 churches, schools and other community groups and organizations, the YMCA is also able to extend its program opportunities throughout central Indiana and into the heart of urban neighborhoods. To donate or for more information about YMCA programs and services, visit

Source: YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

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