Red Bank YMCA Family Center’s closing is a sign of the times
Red Bank, SC (Paul Kirby) – The CEO of the YMCA in the Midlands recently announced that the YMCA Family Center in Red Bank is under contract for sale after 60-years of being in Lexington County. It has been such a fixture in the community that the road it sits on was named after it years ago. People have grown accustom to driving by and it just being there, much like the beautiful trees and woodlands it encompasses.
Generations of families have enjoyed its amenities and grown accustom to seeing its large pasture and informal entrance as they traveled down Old Orangeburg Road going to and from work or to one of the several schools nearby. A small sign was the only indication that it wasn’t someone’s private farm.
It has been used as a place for families and friends to meet and enjoy God’s bounty. People could use the large pond, the roomy lodge, horseback riding, and more. There were some cabins, a large equestrian area, and other outdoor programs too. Occasionally, over the years, corporate groups held meetings and training session there. It gave Lexington County a little place of quiet and calm while all around it, things began to change. In the end, what was going on around it was the most significant factor in its demise.
The camp encompasses 160-acre of prime property in Red Bank. As Red Bank began to morph into White Knoll, fewer and fewer families looked for the kind of peace the wooded acres brought. Those children going to and from school in cars or buses often had their heads down looking at electronic device instead of out the window at nature’s beauty. Times changed, and with it so did the YMCA and its programs. Now, it will be another subdivision for people and families looking for great schools, convenient places to shop and eat, and less crime and traffic.
Since the camp is set to close on December 20th, the YMCA says it’s currently looking for people to buy 20 horses that they kept at the property. They are for sale but only to appropriate homes. Already, the YMCA management has gotten a number of inquiries about buying them. If you are interested yourself, the number at the property is (803) 359-3376 and the associate office downtown can be reached at (803) 748-9622.
According to the Y, the property is under contract to a company called LandTech. According to their website at https://landtechsc.com/, LandTech, Inc. of South Carolina is a privately-owned real estate management and development company with a long, successful history of turnkey development of primary and second-home communities.
You don’t have to go far to see some of the properties they’ve developed. There are several of their communities in Lexington County. Their website says that in September of this year, McGuinn Homes began construction of eight homes in the Cannon Springs community off Cannon Trail Road. This is just a few miles west of the YMCA property further out Platt Springs Road. LandTech’s website says that a model home is projected to be completed there by January 2020. They have not said how soon after taking possession of the YMCA property they will begin clearing land for construction.