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"New Day, New YMCA" project in Sioux Falls

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It's a daily scene. Workers scaling the YMCA, a fixture in downtown Sioux Falls for nearly 100 years.

"It's a brand new facility. Sure, you have the shell. But, the shell is being re-skinned and everything inside is totally brand new," said Troy Stallings, a long-time racquetball enthusiast.

The "New Day, New YMCA" project has been in the works for almost two years.

The major renovation will dramatically upgrade services for members, and it will provide needed housing.

"Keeping in tune with a downtown presence for the YMCA and addressing and identifying the need of lack of affordable housing and doing that under the Y mission umbrella. It's exciting to be part of," said YMCA President Mike Gulick.

One thing the project didn't have in its budget was maintaining all of its six racquetball courts. That's why a pair of local businessmen, Mark Griffin and Jeff Scherschligt, stepped up donating $250,000 for two new glass encased courts.

"It was an opportunity for the Y to embrace this proposal and add it as an element and an enhancement to what we were already building. The timing couldn't have been better," said Gulick.

In total the YMCA will have four racquetball courts, allowing Sioux Falls to continue its tradition of being a racquetball hub.

"To be able to bring this type of court system to Sioux Falls and have this high level of a court it's phenomenal."

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