The new Westport Y at Mahackeno is moving much closer to reality.
The Y emailed a press release minutes ago. They’ve announced a February 5 groundbreaking — and included photos of prep work that’s already begun.
Tree removal is expected to begin around Thursday. Replacements will be planted by the end of the building process, along with nearly 1,000 bushes, shrubs and other plants.
The Y expects to receive a building permit in early February, at which point excavation of the foundation will begin. Demolition of 2 homes on Sunny Lane, and work around the Merritt Parkway, will follow shortly.
The 54,000-square foot building is expected to open in November 2014.
(For more information on the Y’s building plans, click here. The Y is also holding an informational Q-and-A session on Thursday, February 7, 7:30 p.m. in its 2nd floor boardroom.)