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YMCA PLANS TO BUILD FACILITY ON LINDERO CANYON ROAD.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE - Triunfo YMCA, which for the past 11 years has operated programs such as Trailblazers out of rented modular buildings, wants to build a home on Lindero Canyon Road.

The City Council is expected to consider on Sept. 26 the YMCA's proposal for a 31,000-square-foot, two-story building on 7.3 acres.

``I think it's great,'' said Westlake Village resident Larry Persons, whose 11-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter participate in the Y's programs. ``I think we need the building. It gives us a place, a home base for all the activities of the YMCA. It'll be nice to have a gym and an indoor pool.''

The Agoura Hills organization has 4,000 members and offers a variety of programs including camping, sports, child care and before- and after-school activities for 500 kids on four school campuses in the Agoura Hills and Westlake Village area.

``The Triunfo YMCA is a storefront operation where we do all our work out in the community on leased or donated space,'' said YMCA executive director Tyler Wright, whose office is in an Agoura Hills shopping center.

Some family programs also are offered at some of the members' homes and at city parks.

Wright said the proposed building, in the planning stages since 1997, was estimated to cost $5 million and would serve the communities of Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and Oak Park.

The community facility would house an indoor pool, a gymnasium, a small hydrotherapy pool, men's and women's locker rooms, a community room and a fitness center.

``It's a typical YMCA facility,'' Tyler said.

Recently the City Council directed staff to prepare a resolution certifying the final environmental impact report for the project and to prepare the general plan and zone changes and permit for consideration on Sept. 26.

Wright said once the YMCA gets the final nod from the city it will embark on a 12- to 18-month fund-raising campaign from private donors and corporations to build the facility. The Triunfo YMCA has an annual budget of about $2 million consisting of donations and membership fees.

``If all went well and all things were considered, we anticipate with crossed fingers that our new YMCA facility would open its doors by 2004,'' Wright said. ``It sounds like a long way, but truly it's not.''

Noting that nearby communities of Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Reseda have their own YMCA facilities, he said, ``We feel, our community feels, we need a facility as well.''
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