More than four years after a Gretna YMCA was first proposed, efforts to make the project happen are carrying on.
"There's been a lot going on," said Randy Sump, chairman of the YMCA committee.
"It's just not been public. There are a lot of moving parts."
In March, the YMCA advisory committee will meet with the Gretna school board to talk about potentially sharing a site with a new middle school that would be north of 186th Street and Nebraska Highway 370.
The committee also is looking at a private site outside city limits that the group can't name yet, Sump said.
Sharing a middle school site with the YMCA would be beneficial because it would cut down on costs associated with building and maintaining a competition swimming pool, said Kevin Riley, superintendent of the Gretna Public Schools.
Sharing a site also would help with utilities and parking lot costs for the Y, Sump said. The Y would tentatively cost about $14 million, and a pool would tack on an additional $5.5 million.
Sump and his committee have talked with the school board before, but the board hasn't taken any official action yet. In the past, the committee was offering only a concept. But it has explored all possible sites and is about ready to talk plans, Sump said.
"Now we're getting to the details of where and what it would look like," he said.
Amenities and programs at the new YMCA would depend on how much donors are willing to give, as well as location, recommendations from the YMCA and what the Gretna community wants. A 2012 market study suggested that Gretna families were most interested in a fitness center, group exercise studios, an indoor pool, an indoor track and child care facilities.
The school board and the YMCA committee would have to agree on plans, designs and cost estimates before the project could move forward.
The school board won't vote at the March meeting, Riley said. The members will just hear from Sump and get caught up.
"I can't anticipate when (a vote) would be," he said. "There's just a lot of pieces here."
If the school board and the YMCA committee come to an agreement, Sump will approach major donors in the area, and Riley said the school district will consider a bond issue to build the competition pool.
If donors aren't interested in helping with the funding, there won't be a YMCA. Organizers can't raise that kind of money "doing spaghetti feeds," Sump said.
Sump acknowledged that the process has been long.
"It's definitely been longer than I was hoping for," he said. "But it's not out of line with how a YMCA project works."