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The Central Connecticut Costal YMCA, which has 12 branches covering 25 municipalities from Fairfield to Madison, is shuttering the Valley YMCA on Ansonia’s State Street and the Hamden/North Haven branch on Sherman Avenue in Hamden.

“Unfortunately, COVID-19 made it very difficult for the Central Connecticut Coastal YMCAs,” said Donna Lisitano, the CCC’s marketing and communications director. “We have not been collecting dues from our members since the shutdown.”

She said the Ansonia building is open for the summer camp program which will continue until the last week in August. After that it will be closed and put up for sale.

“That is an old building in need of lots of repairs and costly maintenance,” she said.

The building, which is across the street from the Ansonia Armory, was built in 1911 and includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The YMCA has been in the Ansonia State Street building since 1924 and in the Valley serving Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton since 1866.

“We love our old buildings, but they were built for different kinds of activities,” said Joshua Royce, a CCC district director who oversees the Valley and the Milford YMCA. “The Valley YMCA building is not handicapped accessible. It needs a new roof and boilers—the kinds of repairs needed with old age.”

The YMCA has 22 residents living in the State Street building and is looking to relocate them.

“This is a big blow to our city and its history,” said Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti. “I feel bad about them leaving. They were an institution here. But it’s a sign of the times.”

The Child Care Center at 32 Howard Ave. in Ansonia will remain open and the YMCA will continue conducting after in the city’s schools. As for Hamden, Lisitano said the summer program at Camp Mountain Laurel is ongoing. No one lives in the Hamden/North Haven YMCA, she said.

Lisitano said it will take time “to understand what new YMCAs will actually look like in Stratford, the Valley and Hamden/North Haven. We will be working with our volunteer YMCA Board of Directors, Board of Managers as well as members, local residents, elected officials and our community partners for ideas.

“Our hope is to do something different,” she said. That could include new sites.

Membership in the Valley YMCA has been stagnant over the years, Royce said. He attributed that to new options including private workout facilities that opened in Derby.

“The health crisis really slashed our revenue,” Royce said. “We saw it drop by 90 percent. We were not collecting memberships.”

The CCC YMCA has a sliding scale based on income and the number of family members participating. It ranges from $24 for a youth to $89 for a non-senior family earning more than $55,000.

“This is going to affect a lot of families,” said Greg Johnson, who heads the Valley NAACP. Johnson was shocked to hear both the Ansonia and the Hamden YMCA are closed for good.

“The community will have to step up and help those socially and economically disadvantaged families who participated in its programs. We need to come up with some alternatives for the programs lost.”

On the upside, the group is planning renovations to the Fairfield YMCA and a new building in Stratford, according to David Stevenson, the CCC’s chief executive officer.

Both buildings are open for members and the Wellness Center at the Fairfield YMCA was expanded during the COVID-19 closure, Lisitano said.