Ministry Buys West Y

November 3, 2006
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GRAND RAPIDS — E5One Ministries has purchased the former West YMCA building at 900 Leonard St. NW for an undisclosed amount.

The Christian ministry, based in Jenison, plans to turn the 43,000-square-foot building into a youth center that will offer live music concerts, worship services and after-school programs across the structure’s three levels.

The building already has a gym, racquetball court, pool, kitchen and office space. E5One intends to renovate portions of the building and add a library, a skateboarding area, a gaming area and classrooms.

The West Leonard Business District and neighborhood association told the Planning Commission they supported the sale, and city planners rezoned the building so the ministry could purchase it.

The transaction was set to close last Friday. Pete and Deborah Colvin made a substantial contribution to help E5One Ministry buy the building.    

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