Major changes are coming to the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.

In March, the Y announced a new strategic plan that includes building a new Y in downtown Kansas City, MO, renovating two facilities, and closing three locations.

The plan was developed after two years of research by the Y identified possibilities for growth through the existing Ys in Atchison, KS, and Linwood, KS, and by building a facility in downtown Kansas City, which has not had a Y since 1981.

The Y plans to build a 100,000-square-foot facility in downtown Kansas City by 2016. Possible features include swimming pools, an early learning center, meeting rooms, a café, an attached parking garage and medical wellness services. The project would cost $30 million to $40 million, says Paula Spreitzer Oxler, senior public relations director for the Y of Greater Kansas City.

The Linwood Family Y and The Atchison Family Y will be renovated and expanded to include improved aquatics centers and more healthy living spaces.

The strategic plan also called for the closing of the 8th Street Family Y, Kansas City, KS, the Richard C. Green, Sr. Family Y, Raytown, MO, and the Independence Family Y, Independence, MO. All 17 of the Y of Greater Kansas City's facilities were evaluated, and those three were identified as experiencing challenges, including declining membership, program participation and fundraising, Oxler says.