The site of the former YMCA, located at 3039 E. 91st St., has returned to being a community center after the Claretian Associates and Preservation of Affordable Housing partnered on a renovation project. The Salud Center opened on Saturday, Dec. 18, and includes 101 affordable senior apartments.
The renovation project cost $29 million and took 1 year to complete the 40,000 square foot Salud Center and 1 ½ years to complete the senior units. The pool and gym had been out of use for more than four years. The gym is open, while the pool is set to open in 2022.
The Salud Center was one of six YMCA buildings purchased by the Preservation of Affordable Housing. It purchased three YMCA buildings in the City of Chicago and three in the suburbs. The South Chicago location was different than the others in the city POAH purchased because it had a recreation center as part of the property.