From the Wave:
The new Rockaway YMCA planned for the corner of Beach 73 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard has all of its permits and the foundation piles have been driven.
“Permits have been issued and work can proceed,” says Gerard Romski, the project manager for Arverne By The Sea, the developer that is footing some of the bill for the project. “We just have to resolve one last minute issue between the city and the YMCA.”
That issue may well detour the project for at least a year and possibly longer.
The YMCA has discovered a new source of funding that, if it materializes, will allow the local Y to have an enclosed gymnasium, something that Rockaway residents have demanded from the beginning.
That sounds like a positive development, until you factor in the Catch-22.
Adding the roof to the gymnasium raises the cost of the capital project to more than $12 million, which automatically triggers Local Law 86, which was passed by the city council in 2005 and took effect in 2007.
Local Law 86 says that capital projects that include city money with an estimated construction cost of more than $12 million and less than $30 million must be designed and constructed to reduce energy costs by a minimum of 20 percent as prescribed by a very strict set of national standards.
The original plans for the Y do not meet those national standards.