Winona Family YMCA announces purchase agreement

WINONA, Min. (WKBT) - The Winona Family YMCA has sold their property at 201 Winona Street to Partners In Excellence of Minnesota, according to a statement released by the Y.

Partners In Excellence is an autism treatment center that has served the Twin Cities and La Crosse communities since 2001.

They offer families a fully  inclusive, center-based autism program that includes one-on-one intensive therapy services and peer interaction in natural and small group settings.

Partners plans to remodel the YMCA facility, in alignment with their existing center-based approach.

Current locations include: La Crosse, North St. Paul, Burnsville, and Minnetonka.

The purchase agreement contains a due diligence period which is scheduled to close on July 5, 2017. During that period, Partners will be conducting normal reviews of the facility and site. In addition to these normal examinations, the agreement also contains a contingency related to zoning of the YMCA site.

Currently the City of Winona is proposing changes to the property at 207 Winona Street. In discussion with City staff and Planning Commission members it is clear the intended end use by Partners conforms to the proposed zoning. It is anticipated that the City’s work will be finalized within the diligence period, thus supporting the effective sale of the YMCA.

Derek Madsen, YMCA CEO, said “We are pleased to enter into this agreement with Partners in Excellence. The sale meets our objectives of significant proceeds towards the construction of our new facility and allowing the Y to operate in our current location until the opening of our new facility. YMCA leaders are also glad to know that children and families with autism diagnoses are able to be supported at the site of our long-time home.”

According to the release, you are invited to attend a brief conference at the YMCA on Monday, May 8 at 5:30 p.m., in the Community Room. Leaders from the YMCA and Partners in Excellence will provide brief highlights on the YMCA’s capital campaign and work to develop a new facility, information about the purchase agreement, and some specifics about Partner’s vision for the future of the site at 207 Winona St.

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