Developer seeks plan for recreational use of former West Side YMCA

(Plain Press, June 2006) At its May 25th Meeting the Franklin Clinton Block Club discussed the proposal by developer James Sosan to offer use of the former West Side YMCA’s gym, pool and locker room to the community. Block Club Chair Bill Merriman said Sosan, who recently purchased the building from the YMCA, offered the use of those facilities if the community could come up with an operator.
 
At an earlier meeting of the block club, block club members and some former members of the Save the Y Committee discussed possible operators for the facility. Some of the proposals included asking the Boys and Girls Club to run the facility or hiring former YMCA director Mike Hudek to run the recreation area as part of a private club. Merriman says he recently learned from the developer that he would need an answer soon as to what their plans are. Merriman says Sosan told him his funders want a plan as to what he will do with the remaining parts of the facility. Merriman said Sosan told him he must get a commitment within the next three months on the operation of the recreational portion of the facility or come up with another plan for that portion of the building.
 
According to an April 3rd article by Stan Bullard in Crain’s Cleveland Business “New to the Neighborhood: Developer lands former West Side YMCA, plans condo, townhouse revitalization”, Sosan plans to build condos in the YMCA facility and townhouses on the grounds. The Crain’s article said the YMCA building and adjoining lot were purchased by Sosan through a company called Franklin Lofts Condominium, LLC for $550,000 on March 20th. The article notes that Sosan previous development experience includes the Metro Loft apartments on Scranton and the Detroit Lofts at 2820 Detroit Avenue.