HAGUE — Silver Bay YMCA is set to demolish its existing dining hall next month to begin construction of its 42,000-square-foot building to house lodging, conference space and a dining area.
The $13 million William Boyd Center represents a major investment in the community, according to Silver Bay YMCA Chief Executive Officer Steven Tamm.
“The new building will be on line just as summer starts next year,” he said.
The new center will be attached to the 114-year-old inn. There will be 22 new guest rooms, conference space that holds up to 250 people and meeting space.
In addition, there will be a modern wastewater system and stormwater improvements, according to Tamm.
The facility has a mile of shoreline on Lake George and the organization wants to make sure it is a good steward of the lake.
The project is made possible through a $4 million donation from Virginia Rowan Smith and Manning Smith, and is named after Virginia Rowan Smith’s great-grandfather, William Boyd, who was an early leader of Silver Bay and the YMCA.
The organization will bond the rest of the project through the Civic Development Corp. of Warren and Washington Counties that will be secured by Glens Falls National Bank.
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Phinney Design Group of Saratoga Springs is the architect on the project.
“We’re trying to use as many local contractors as we can. We want to make sure we’re creating opportunities,” he said.
Tamm said the project fits with the organization’s goal of becoming a more year-round destination. The project will turn the YMCA from a three-season to a four-season facility, according to Tamm.
The camp employs 45 full-time staff members and a seasonal staff of 200.
The new all-season facility will help create year-round employment opportunities for local residents, which he said is a plus.
“In the northern part of New York, there’s a flight of youth out of the area,” he said.
In the 10 years between 2010 and 2020, Tamm said he expects that the YMCA will have invested about $25 million in the northern Warren County economy with all the projects it has done.
The 700-acre camp was founded in 1902 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.