Wilmington’s YMCA Receives $2 Million Gift For Renovation Project

By Vince Winkel, posted Dec 5, 2016
The Wilmington Family YMCA, which is nearing the end of a capital campaign almost two years after a fire destroyed portions of the Market Street facility, has announced a substantial donation.
The $2 million gift is from Oaz Nir, the son of longtime YMCA Healthy Living Director Dalia Nir.
The goal of the Y’s capital campaign is $9 million.
“I am happy to help a cause which will have a great impact on such a large group of people – a cause which is so dearly important to my family,” said Oaz Nir in a news release.
Once the renovation is complete, the facility at 2710 Market St. will be renamed Nir Family YMCA.
“I am pleased to be able to support the great work of the Y in the Wilmington community,” Oaz Nir added. “The Y touches so many people each and every day. I hope that others will join me in bringing this campaign to a successful conclusion so we can move forward rebuilding this new Y on Market Street.”
The YMCA is working with Wilmington-based Bowman Murray Hemingway Architects and Thomas Construction Group to finalize plans for a $9 million renovation to the facility at 2710 Market St. Once complete, the new facility will feature state-of-the-art spaces and program areas to support the Y’s work, officials said.
“We want to break ground in early 2017,” said the YMCA’s Capital Campaign Chairman Cecil Worsley in the release. “We intend to get the Nir Family Y open as soon as possible and we encourage others to join the campaign now and make their pledge.”
“We are 75 percent to our goal,” YMCA CEO Dick Jones said Monday. “We’re at about $6.7 million.”
Jones said the campaign will continue into 2017, when it focuses more on the community for support.
“Everything is tracking for groundbreaking at the end of March 2017,” Jones said. “We still have a lot of work to do.” 
The YMCA has had a presence in the area since 1891, when the Y operated in a three-story brick building with rooms for visitors, an auditorium and swimming pool on the corner of Front and Grace streets.
In 1972, the current Y facility at 2710 Market St. was built, and additions and improvements came during the following years, according to New Hanover County property tax records.

These days, the Wilmington Family YMCA serves more than 8,000 people each year, including 2,000 children under the age of 18, according to an announcement earlier this year about the organization’s new beginnings after the fire. The Feb. 7, 2015 fire, which was ruled accidental by investigators, started in the sauna room and quickly spread through the building.

Story On The Map

Ico insights


Burrus rob headshot 300x300

Rising Prices, Unit Sales and Housing Inventories

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington

Understanding the AI Ladder

Diane Durance - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Billhunter300x300 b&w

The Rise of Conversational Marketing

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company

Trending News

NHRMC Buys Wilmington Property From International Paper

Cece Nunn - Aug 15, 2018

Untappd Leads Pack Of Local Firms On Inc. 5000 List

Christina Haley O'Neal - Aug 15, 2018

Wilmington Brewing Co. Plans Expansion

Christina Haley O'Neal - Aug 16, 2018

Trampoline Park To Open Saturday At Mayfaire

Johanna Cano - Aug 16, 2018

Law Firm Moves To Murchison Building

Johanna Cano - Aug 15, 2018

In The Current Issue

Dosher Adds Heart Health Services Program

Dosher Cardiac Rehabilitation recently introduced a program for people interested in improving their overall health called “Steps to Wellnes...

Corning Credit Union Adds Hampstead Location

Corning Credit Union has opened its fifth Wilmington-area location, a lending and membership center in Hampstead....

NPF Corp. Acquires Aquesta Insurance

Aquesta Insurance Services, formerly part of Cornelius, North Carolina-based Aquesta Bank, has a new owner....

Book On Business

The 2018 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!



2018 Power Breakfast - Dishing on the Restaurant Biz
2018 WilmingtonBiz Expo - Keynote Lunch with Eric Dinenberg, Rouse Properties
2017 Health Care Heroes