Drive on tap

By Todd Cohen

HIGH POINT, N.C. — The YMCA of Greater High Point is preparing to launch a capital drive late this fall to raise $4 million to build a new full-service branch off Highway 62 in Archdale.

The proposed 40,000-square foot branch, which will be the Y’s fifth, would be located on 10 acres donated by Jim and Nie English of Archdale.

Atlanta consulting firm John Suddes & Associates, which has advised other Y’s on fundraising, conducted a study to estimate how much the Y could raise for the new branch.

Other branches the Y operates include the Hartley Drive Family YMCA, Carl Chavis Memorial Branch near Brentwood Street, Camp Cheerio in Roaring Gap in Alleghany County, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont, located in the Wachovia Bank building downtown.

“All research we have done indicates this will be a high-growth area, and there is already a severe need for community organizations in this populated area,” says Ron Austin, CEO.

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