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Local News in Brief : YWCA, YMCA Drop Combined Project

The Pasadena YWCA on Tuesday dropped efforts to develop a joint athletic and social service complex with the YMCA, abandoning a project that has been beset with site, design and financial difficulties.

Instead, said YWCA president Ernestine Moore, the group will explore ways to develop its property in the Pasadena civic center either on its own or with a financial partner. She said the plan would allow the organization to remain at the site in improved facilities.

The decision leaves the YMCA without a partner in its quest for a new home near downtown Pasadena. The organization closed the recreation portion of its building across from the YWCA in February and has sold the property. Originally, the two organizations planned to build a joint-use facility on the YWCA site. But that proposed $15-million project failed last December when financing could not be secured.


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