Early learning center meeting moved from Wednesday to May 3

Community gathering will go over design concepts

PORT TOWNSEND — An informational meeting to discuss the Early Learning & Family Support Center originally scheduled for Wednesday night was moved Wednesday afternoon to May 3.

The hybrid meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 3 will be at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend. The link to the virtual Zoom meeting is https://zoom.us/j/93777841705.

The YMCA plans to build its 4,000-square-foot facility on a 1.6-acre site located on the southeast corner of the Port Townsend High School campus bordering Harrison and Blaine streets. The cost is estimated at $2.9 million.

The majority of construction will start in 2024 with a target completion date in 2025.

The project is a partnership among the YMCA, the Port Townsend School District, Jefferson Healthcare, Jefferson County, the City of Port Townsend and Peninsula College. The YMCA will pay $1 a year in rent on the 20-year lease from the school district.

The Port Townsend project has received criticism from some residents who live near the high school. They have said that, while they support efforts to solve Port Townsend’s lack of daycare options, the high school campus is an unsuitable location because of problems related to traffic congestion, disregard of speed limits and inadequate parking.

The May 3 community meeting will go over drafts of the latest design concepts. Questions can be directed to info@olympic peninsulaymca.org.

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