BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The YMCA in Mid City plans to invest $30 million in building a new facility and apartments.

Over 100 apartments will be constructed as part of the state’s workforce housing program in partnership with the Office of Community Development and Bearing Point Properties, according to the YMCA. Plans include building one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

Historically, the YMCA has provided housing since the 1860s. The organization said the YMCA in Baton Rouge provided temporary housing for young men in 1923.

“The Y is excited for the opportunity to be part of the solution to address the housing challenge for young professionals and continue to serve as an asset to the community for many years to come,” the YMCA of the Capital Area said.

The new YMCA facility on South Foster Drive will include a gymnasium, fitness/wellness center, group exercise space, swimming pool, babysitting and youth space, along with locker rooms, steam room, whirlpool and sauna.

“To bring a new Y to Mid-City has always been a part of our facility development plan and this partnership provided the perfect vehicle for us to make it happen; and have an even greater service impact to the community,” said Christian Engle, president and CEO for the YMCA of the Capital Area. “The existing A.C. Lewis YMCA is 60 years old and needs to be replaced so it can serve the community for another 60 years.”   

The nonprofit organization said a temporary location will be near the Gerry Lane Chevrolet and GMC/Buick dealerships on Florida Boulevard.