Diversey Inc. -- the former JohnsonDiversey -- has pledged $6 million to help build a new Y. The recreation and childcare center will be located, on 16.6 acres of land being purchased from the Village of Mount Pleasant alongside the new village hall east of 90th Street and north of West Lawn Cemetery.
The Y will begin a fundraising campaign to raise the additional $6 million needed -- but construction is scheduled to start in May. The new Y needs to be open by September 2012, because of Diversey's split from SC Johnson. Once the split takes place, Diversey employees won't have access to the JMBA or childcare.
In October 2009 Unilever sold its share of JohnsonDiversey for $477 million. The Johnson family still owns 50 percent of the company.
A press conference is scheduled today at 12:30 to spell out the details of the pledge and the Y's construction plans.
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