Note: The Connecticut Media Group is not responsible for posts and comments written by non-staff members.

Good News for the New Year: Zoning Permit Issued for Y at Mahackeno

A view of our new Y, looking north, to the large windows of the Wellness Center.

The Westport Weston Family Y’s campaign to fund and construct a modern, sustainable new home on our Mahackeno campus has been years’ long and at times imperiled. But thanks to the steadfast support of our members, the tireless efforts of the volunteer leaders who guide us, and the selfless contributions from hundreds of donors from throughout our community and beyond, we are ready to truly “Build What Matters.”

On December 21, the Y received a Zoning Permit from the Town of Westport, which will allow us to proceed with plans to begin construction of our new Family Y facility. We will soon announce the date of our groundbreaking and will extend an invitation for Y Members and supporters to join us at the onsite celebration of this momentous event.

The Family Y also has signed a GMP (Guaranteed Maximum Price) contract with Turner Construction Co., which means that any additional savings accrued from work negotiated with subcontractors will be returned to the project. This will allow the Y to include additional amenities above and beyond the base building, a 54,000 sq. ft., full-service, family-oriented facility that we’ll all be tremendously proud of.

This first stage of our new Y will be built on a portion of the footprint that has been approved by the Town of Westport. Upon completion of all construction stages, the Family Y at Mahackeno will comprise 102,000 sq. ft. and will include a Gymnastics Center, Child Care wing and expanded Aquatics and Health & Wellness areas.

To be on sound financial footing by the time we open our doors in late 2014, we must raise a further $4 million. To find out how you can help, please call Paul Bernetksy, Chief Development Officer, at 203-226-8981, ext. 115, or email

To view a brief video about our campaign for a new Y, please click on the image below.