JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – The YMCA at the Bank of America Tower in downtown Jacksonville will close late next week.
In an announcement on its website, the organization said:
“The YMCA at the Bank of America Tower has seen membership decline for several years, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made it worse. While we are seeing promising signs of employees returning to downtown Jacksonville, most are still working remotely. The majority of our YMCA members in the Bank of America Tower choose to visit Ys closer to home. “
Tim Burrows, the executive director of the Winston Family YMCA, told News4Jax that an average of only 10 to 20 people visit the site each day. The last day for members is the 18th
“It was disappointing. Unfortunately, it was one of those decisions that needed to be made, ”said Burrows.
According to the Downtown Investment Authority, many employers still do not require their employees to return to the office.
“We have been told that some of them will return in the fall and others have set January 1st as their date, so I expect this to return by the rest of year 21, but we are certainly not back to the previous level the pandemic if you look at the number of people on the sidewalk at lunchtime, ”said Lori Boyer, CEO of the Downtown Investment Authority.
Burrows said as more people return to downtown, he hopes the Y will return too. Meanwhile, Burrows said the Y’s equipment in the Bank of America Tower will likely move to other Y locations.
“It was one of those good-bye things to now, but not forever,” said Burrows.
For membership and transition information, visit the YMCA on the Bank of America Tower page.
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