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August 6, 2018 – Since 1948, Somerset Hills YMCA has been serving the needs of the community through programs and services that transform lives. Looking toward the future, we want to ensure that the Y can best serve our current members and also address emerging community needs in the years to come. This includes programs for children, adults, seniors, individuals with special needs, as well as programs that address social issues such as mental health, substance abuse prevention and chronic disease. With that in mind, in August of 2018, the Y will embark upon an exciting expansion and renovation project. The expansion will open additional space for enhanced wellness and program opportunities.

Expansion Overview

The expansion project will include a two-story, 14,000 square foot addition to the back of the building as well as mechanical system enhancements for better efficiency, climate control and comfort throughout the facility. The expansion will also include the following: 

2nd Floor Plans 

  • Three new multipurpose studios
  • One new Spin® studio with tiered level
  • One renovated multipurpose studio
  • Larger, more modern restrooms

1st Floor Plans 

  • Expanded, modern Wellness Center to run the full length of the Gymnasium, which will allow for increased: 

    • Functional fitness training
    • Free weights
    • Cardio equipment
  • Relocating Wellness Center offices to create a more open space
  • Level and replace Wellness Center flooring for improved accessibility

Expanding to Serve

The expansion project will continue to strengthen our community by:

  • Expanding and improving wellness space that removes barriers for everyone, all ages and abilities, to be physically active
  • More program space throughout the building and opportunities to expand programs
  • Additional space to provide a safe and positive environment for social connections 

To minimize the impact on members, the expansion will be completed in phases. It will being August 18, 2018 and is expected to conclude in 18 months.

This expansion will allow us to provide you with the best possible experience at the Y, and we are excited about the opportunities it will bring.

What can you expect?

Regular updates on project progress will be posted here and sent to subscribed members via email. Sign up below to receive our emails.

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Q: Why is Somerset County YMCA expanding the Somerset Hills YMCA - Mt Airy location?

A: Expanding Somerset Hills YMCA will ensure that we can best serve our robust membership and also address evolving community needs. The expansion will enhance the membership experience and provide additional opportunities for programs and services that allow everyone to improve wellness and live healthy, connected lives.

Q: What does the expansion and renovation project include?

A:  The expansion project will include:
  • 2-story, 14,000 square foot addition to the back of the building
  • Expanded, modern Wellness Center on the 1st floor 
  • 3 new multipurpose studios on the 2nd floor
  • 1 new Spin® studio with tiered levels on the 2nd floor
  • 1 renovated multipurpose studio on the 2nd floor
  • New, larger restrooms on the 2nd floor
  • Upgraded mechanical system for improved climate control and comfort


Q: What will the Y be able to provide as a result of the expansion and renovation?

A: Renovations and additions will better enable Somerset Hills YMCA to continue to strengthen our community by:
  • Creating a more inclusive space to ensure individuals of all ages and abilities have access to programs and services
  • Providing new and more program options such as:
    • Innovative fitness classes and wellness options
    • Preventative health programs including chronic disease prevention and management
    • Additional programs for individuals with special needs
    • Programs that meet community needs and address social issues
  • Allowing for additional space to provide a safe and positive environment for social connections for all ages


Q: What is the timeline for construction and completion?

A: Work will commence on August 18, 2018 and is expected to conclude in 18 months

Q: What is the cost of the Somerset Hills YMCA expansion and renovation project?

A: The total cost of the project is approximately $7.0 million

Q: Will this project affect Somerset Hills YMCA membership or program fees?

A: No. The cost of expanding and renovating Somerset Hills YMCA will be funded through donations and community support. However, the fees for membership and programs are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Q: Will construction impact how I utilize the facility?

A: To minimize the impact on members, the expansion will be completed in phases and we will work with our contractors to mitigate disruptions for our members. As various areas of the Y are impacted, we will make accommodations when possible and members will be informed through this page on our website, email and signage in and around affected areas. To sign up to receive email communications from us, please subscribe here.

Q: Will parking be affected by the construction activity?

A: A portion of the far end of the parking lot by the end of the gymnasium will be reserved for construction vehicles as needed according to each phase of the construction.

Q: Will the renovation have an impact on child care programs?

A: Through our planning for the construction, we have worked to minimize any impact on our child care programs, including our Early Education Center and School Age Child Care. If and when there will be any impacts to how these programs utilize our facility, participating families will be informed in advance. Kidz Korner babysitting for members while they work out will be unaffected by construction.

Q: Will the expanded Wellness Center include new fitness equipment?

A: Yes. Within the expanded space we have plans to include new equipment in addition to the current equipment such as more cardio equipment, free weights and functional fitness area.

Q: Where can I receive updates?

A: We will keep members informed about progress and any temporary changes that may occur through this page on our website as well as through email. To sign up to receive email communications from us, please subscribe here.

Q: Will members be able to utilize other Somerset County YMCA locations?

A: Yes. Members are always welcome to utilize the nearby Riverwalk location as well as Somerville YMCA, Bridgewater YMCA, and Hillsborough YMCA. Learn about our other locations here. Additionally, your membership allows you visit any YMCA in the United States and Puerto Rico at no additional cost, provided they participate in the Y's nationwide membership program. Click here to learn more.

Q: How can I help?

A: All members are welcome to contribute to Somerset Hills YMCA’s capital reinvestment campaign. If you wish to learn more about opportunities to contribute to this exciting project and the future of Somerset Hills YMCA, please contact Kelly Castro today.