Developers are planning a $40 million health and wellness campus in downtown Wausau, centered around an expansion of the local Woodson YMCA.


Plans released this week cover an expansion and revitalization of the YMCA’s facilities, a new senior center with planned educational, social and recreational activities, and a new Aspirus Clinic to be connected to the YMCA through a skywalk.


Aspirus is providing much of the funding for a new field house, containing a running track and gymnasium. The Aspirus board has approved the construction, though design plans have yet to completed. Once finished, the clinic will provide primary and walk-in care, as well as imaging and lab services.


Matthew Heywood, president and CEO of Aspirus, says the clinic will be about 36,000 square feet and will cost about $20 million.


The 15,000-square-foot senior center will be directly connected to the Woodson YMCA, and is fully funded by a grant from the Dwight and Linda Davis Foundation, per a release from Aspirus.


The Woodson YMCA Foundation is still gathering funding for the YMCA modernization and expansion, and earlier this week launched a six-week campaign called Strengthening the Heart of Our Community. The total cost of this YMCA initiative is $19 million, and the Aspirus release says “many foundations and individuals” have already pledged $16 million of that number.


If the foundation can raise the final $3 million, the YMCA project will expand the gymnastics area, increase parking and alter traffic flow, and create a new wellness center offering various athletic activities.

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