MALTA — Kelly Armer gets frequent calls from parents waiting to enroll their children in the Malta YMCA’s childcare program.
One dad has been waiting for two years, since his child was 3 months old, she said.
“Your infant gets in, and they go throughout the whole program, so it’s really hard to get in,” said Armer, chief operations officer of the Saratoga Regional YMCA.
That should change this summer, when a $7 million YMCA branch and wellness center is projected to open next to Malta Med Emergent Care.
Artist rendering. (Courtesy Saratoga Regional YMCA)
The facility, being built through a partnership with Saratoga Hospital, will add 40 spots to the childcare program, which currently serves about 75 children. It will allow the YMCA to move childcare as well as fitness programs from two leased storefronts at nearby Malta Commons and expand them.
Construction started in the spring, and the site work is done, Armer said. The foundation’s concrete walls are now going up.
“What we’re trying to do is really create a community, a base, in Malta,” she said. “We’re together, it’s one branch — it’s a Y.”
Saratoga Hospital will offer physical therapy on site.
“It’s going to be a great location, and a great collaboration with the hospital,” Armer said. “[Patients will] be able to transfer right upstairs to our fitness center to continue the healing process.”
Armer said the larger facility is needed to accommodate a growing membership. The Malta YMCA has about 1,000 members.
“People want to get healthier,” she said. “We have outgrown our facilities.”
The two-story, 55,000-square foot center will be located off Interstate 87, on 140 acres purchased by Saratoga Hospital in 2007 that used to be a standardbred horse farm. It will include 20,000 square feet of hospital space, 29,000 square feet for YMCA programming and a shared 6,000-square-foot atrium.
Saratoga Hospital will lease the property to the YMCA.
The new Y will have a larger childcare room, triple the size of the current facility, “so parents can drop off their kids and go get a workout as part of their membership,” Armer said. It will also have a massage room, which the the current Malta Y doesn’t have.
One aerobics classroom will be replaced with three — one for spin classes, another for yoga and pilates, and a larger room for higher-intensity classes like Zumba.
“Along with a really nice big, open fitness center,” she said.
Bast Hatfield Construction of Clifton Park is building the facility.