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Ivy Tech board approves campus addition,
YMCA lease

By Nicole Brooks
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August 13, 2009

Chancellor John Whikehart
Ivy Tech chancellor John Whikehart
Ivy Tech OKs YMCA site

Ivy Tech Community College state board trustees gave the green light today to two Bloomington campus projects.

Trustees approved during a board meeting in Lafayette a land lease between Ivy Tech and the Monroe County YMCA, and voted to move forward with an expansion of the Bloomington campus.

Ivy Tech’s building, grounds and capital committee of the whole had approved the YMCA lease Wednesday.
The lease is the first step to creating a new joint venture between the college and YMCA. A new two-story facility to be built at the corner of Profile Parkway and Ind. 48 would provide child care and wellness programs for the community and the college’s students, faculty and staff.

The lease approved today allows Ivy Tech to lease its land to the YMCA for $1 a year for 50 years.

“We can now begin to work out the more specific details,” chancellor John Whikehart said. Both parties’ attorneys will now sit down to decide just how this facility will operate, he said.

No further state board approval of the project will be needed, Whikehart added.

Also today, Ivy Tech trustees pushed forward the much-needed expansion of the Bloomington campus. The board approved bonding authority, which will fund the project.

Ivy Tech Bloomington educators and students look forward to a planned 85,000-square-foot addition to the crowded main campus at 200 Daniels Way.

The addition is expected to cost $20 million. At one point during the state legislature’s special session, federal stimulus money was to cover the tab. But federal dollars were not approved for the expansion project in the state’s final budget.