YMCA of Greater Charlotte under contract to sell its Johnston branch in NoDa to developer

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte plans to have a presence at the new development.

YMCA of Greater Charlotte under contract to sell its Johnston branch in NoDa to developer

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte will sell its NoDa property to an unnamed developer.

The nonprofit announced today that the Johnston YMCA at 3025 N. Davidson St., located in Charlotte, is now under contract. Heather Briganti told Charlotte Business Journal, the organization's Vice President of Communications and PR, that the developer intends to make an announcement soon.

The local Y informed Axios Charlotte in June 2021 that it was "formally investigating" the possibility to redevelop the 5,8-acre site. According to a press release, the organization spent the past two years reviewing proposals from developers.

The release stated that "we have worked with NoDa to develop a plan for redevelopment of Johnston YMCA's property over the past few years." The past two years have been spent developing a (request-for-proposal) based upon community recommendations, reviewing a variety of developer proposals, with Y staff and volunteers, and finally selecting a developer to redevelop the Johnston YMCA.

Originally, the YMCA had planned to remain a part of the new development. It was determined after careful consideration that this would not be possible.

The release said: "As we considered the long-term needs of our YMCA, we came to the decision to sale the Johnston YMCA to the selected developer without a physical YMCA future presence on the site." This decision was difficult to make even though it was in the best interests of our Y. We know many members of the community will share our disappointment.

The NoDa branch was opened in 1951.