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YMCA eyes spring opening in Caroline


The Rappahannock Area YMCA has selected a Fredericksburg-area businessman to run its new Caroline County branch, which it hopes to open next spring.

Keith Marine, who has been closely involved with the Y for more than a decade, including many years on its board of directors, has been tapped to lead the Ladysmith branch.

For the past two decades, Marine has been running Mailhouse Plus, which offers a variety of shipping services and products and has several Fredericksburg-area locations. The company’s lease at the Eagle Village location in Fredericksburg is up at the end of September, and Marine plans to either sell the store’s assets or close it.

 The company also has two Spotsylvania County locations; Marine’s business partner will handle day-to-day operations.

Marine stepped down this summer from the Y board and took a part-time job overseeing marketing for the organization. He has been closely overseeing the development of the new Caroline branch.

 Thurston Cos., a Manassas-based general contractor, is handling construction of the Caroline facility.

YMCA officials are shooting for an April 2013 opening of the branch. The 41,000-square-foot facility will include a gym, exercise room, aquatics center and classrooms.

Newland Real Estate Group, which is developing Ladysmith Village, donated 10 acres for the Y to Caroline. The site is adjacent to the Ladysmith library and will have public access points from Ladysmith Village, Durrette Road off U.S. 1 and Ladysmith Road.

The Caroline Board of Supervisors last year approved $5 million in interim financing for the Y. The money is expected to be repaid through developer proffers and capital campaign funds, not taxpayer dollars. The Y will lease the land and facility from the county for a nominal fee.

Rappahannock Area YMCA CEO Barney Reiley said his organization is pursuing a similar public–private partnership to build a branch along the Courthouse or Garrisonville road corridors in North Stafford. He said he has been discussing the plan with Stafford’s county administrator and Board of Supervisors, but no deals have been finalized.

The organization also has branches in Falmouth and in King George and Spotsylvania counties.

Bill Freehling: 540/374-5405