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YMCA plans crushed
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
The YMCA of West Beaumont was set to open its doors in the Spring of 2010.
It would have served the community with not only a pool, workout center and after school programs, but it was supposed to bring the community together.
Our cameras were allowed inside the empty building.
Some say it's a worthy investment to take up.
"This would have been the main entrance of the building, as you walk in you see all the angles," Tammiey Linscomb, an agent with property management said.
She's in charge of finding a buyer for this building.
"The facility is over 22, 000 square feet, it was due to open in the Spring of 2010.
Construction started February of 2009.
"For the most part the building is in tact, some areas are almost completely finished," Linscomb says.
In fact, contractors told us it was 95 percent finished.
They were told the YMCA of Beaumont had run out of money just four weeks before the building was complete.
"In this area we have the saunas, the shower's the locker room areas," Linscomb says as she walks the dark areas of the building.
By the looks of it, you can see construction was halted.
"This is one of the in ground hot tubs they had, they had one on the men's side and one on the women's side," Linscomb said.
This place was set to be a Beaumont gem, valued at 4.4 million dollars, now it's down to 1.4 million because of lack of interest.
Real estate agents say the only real problem they have with the building is copper thieves trying to break in to find the metal, still, neighbors would like to see it developed into a family rec center.
"When it did not take place, it was kind of a let down," Paul Traylor, who lives right next to the property said.
He moved here 3 years ago with his two boys.
"I thought it would've been a great place for us to come out and give them some activities during the summer," Traylor says.
The building stands empty, but he's confident things will change soon.
"It will require some funding, I drive by and think could I do something myself maybe we could get the community together out here and develop it ourselves," Traylor said.
A building that could have housed a dream, waits empty, for a new life.
Agents in charge of the property say they've had a few offers but no one has followed through yet.