Daemen College has purchased the former YMCA building on Main Street in Snyder for $583,500.
While the deal with the YMCA of Buffalo Niagara has been in the works for some time, the college formally closed on the property Friday, according to records from the Erie County Clerk’s Office.
Daemen is still deciding exactly how the new building will be used, said Michael G. Andrei, a college spokesman.
“There are ongoing discussions as to what the final use of the building will be,” Andrei said Tuesday. “There are many proposed uses for the building under consideration.”
Daemen officials, however, have said in the past that they want to use a major portion of the space in the building for added recreational facilities.
The building, on a 2-acre parcel at 4433 Main St. across from the Daemen campus, served as the Northeast Family Branch of the YMCA for years and includes 26,000 square feet of space, a gymnasium and a swimming pool.
The college has had plans to buy the Snyder building once the YMCA constructed its $24.6 million facility on Tech Drive next to the Erie Community College North Campus. The new facility is more than three times larger and includes two pools, five locker rooms, a giant gym/track and a large play space for kids.
The Northeast Family Branch closed Jan. 13, and the new Y opened to the public the next day, setting in motion the transfer of the old building to Daemen.
Daemen already has been using the more than 60 parking spaces on the property.