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On top of everything else going on in town now, the Central Branch of our YMCA has a survey that asks ‘what would you prefer?’…. 1. Massive renovation to the Central YMCA branch on Mentor Ave. 2. Move near Diamond Center 3. Move near Tri-Point Hospital 4. Move near Tyler Blvd. 5. Move near the Mentor Civic Center I agree with one comment….. I also view this as a ticket out of Painesville for this organization. Massive renovation vs. a new location? What, have we outgrown the present site? Well, if you need another branch fine. However, this sounds more of a ‘let’s leave this location for a new location’. Every location mentioned makes getting to the new location harder than getting there now especially if you take public transportation. Yes, you could ride LakeTran down Mentor Ave. to the new location if it's near Mentor Civic Center, but not Diamond Center, Tri-Point, or Tyler Blvd. Why can't the YMCA add another location if they feel it is necessary? Or does this sound like just another way to leave the Ville? One comment was complaining about the sliding cost structure at the Y. The name ‘Young Men’s Christian Association’ means to provide for everyone in the community as best you can. That is the Christian thing to do. Have you seen the median income for Painesville? Along with the simple fact that if you don't like being around African-Americans and Hispanics then you are really living in the wrong place. Then again, many of you can't afford to leave, can we? Try to make the best of it. I would really like to see the administration and city council get proactive on this one. A good start would be to sit down with the people from the Y and ask them directly ‘What would it take for you to stay in Painesville?’ Then make it happen. Nothing is impossible…just some things are a little more difficult than others.