One of the most over-used phrases in English, American-style, is "win-win situation." Often it's inaccurate. Often it's self-serving to the one speaking it.
The proposed move of the Sandusky Area YMCA is an exception. It's a win-win-win situation.
The YMCA is planning to move to the former Memorial Hospital on Hayes Avenue, a central site near Sandusky High School. The property is near Perkins Township and offers easy access from Ohio 2 making it convenient for Y members from Huron, Castalia and other areas, as well.
Pledges of $5 million have already been secured for the financing of the proposed $7.5 million project.
If the project receives the needed support from the community, the present YMCA building would then be available for re-use. The Erie County Health Department is feeling a space crunch in its Superior Street facility. Relocating to the Perkins Avenue YMCA building would solve that problem and allow the health department to expand its services.
That move would leave the Superior Street property vacant, but not worthless. Erie County commissioners have long been seeking a solution to jail overcrowding. Re-using the present health department building to house non-violent offenders on work release would ease the overcrowding at minimal cost to the community.
Though it will take community cooperation to make this trifecta work, community benefits would be considerable. Three for little more than the price of one is a bargain that would be hard to pass up.