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East Suburban Family YMCA in Plum to Expand

Plum Borough Council OK'd the YMCA's expansion plans.

The in Plum Borough is making a lot of additions to its facility.

On Monday, Plum Council approved a subdivision combining six lots into one for the YMCA project, as well as site plans.

Officials said the expansion project would pretty much double the size of the current YMCA facility. The project includes a day care area, a swimming pool, locker rooms, office space, a community room, a track and more.

According to the Plum Advance Leader, the new facility will be named the Sampson Family YMCA after the Sampson Foundation donated $1 million toward the project.

Murrysville Mayor Bob Brooks also donated $100,000 via the Brooks Family Foundation to build a new dek hockey rink.

Along with the project, the YMCA also will pay for a traffic signal at the intersection of Route 286 and Kane Road. The YMCA entrance will be on Kane Road once the addition is complete. The current entrance is on Route 286.

Plum Borough Mayor Rich Hrivnak said he is "100 percent in favor" of the expansion, but was concerned about increased traffic on Kane Road. Assistant borough manager Greg Bachy said it won't be too significant, given that traffic essentially mostly will be turning on to Kane Road from Route 286.

"That area has needed a light for quite some time," Hrivnak said.

Borough Councilman Keith Nowalk said he is looking forward to having a newer facility in the community.

"It's a great improvement," he said. "I can't wait until it's done."

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