New Location, New Name for Houston Downtown YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Houston will build its new downtown Y at 808 Pease. It will also name the new facility after a family that has been connected to the YMCA for almost 100-years. Rod Rice has more.

The relationship with the Houston YMCA began for the Tellepsen family in the early 20th century.

"My grandfather, who was a builder, took architectural drafting classes starting in 1910 at the YMCA night school."

Howard Tellepsen Jr. says his grandfather went on to serve on the Y board as have four generations of his family. A relationship he says, that greatly affected the Tellepsens.

"Its goal or mission is to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities and clearly the Tellepsen family is stronger as a result of our involvement and participation with the YMCA."

For that involvement the new downtown Y will be named The Tellepsen Family YMCA.

Clark Baker is CEO of the Houston Y and says the new building will have more then 100-thousand square feet and fill a entire city block.

"It will have adjoining parking. It will be energy efficient.  It will be a LEED certified building. It will have a place for families and teens and women, by design."

Baker says it will be able to serve more then twice the current membership. Because it's just a block from the current building, the many members who get to the Y by the tunnel system will still be able to do so, and it's only half a block from a light rail station.

Ground breaking will be in January.



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