An Update on Future Use of the JPM Facility

August 26, 2015 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit (JFMD) and United Jewish Foundation (UJF) are very excited to announce that they are now very close to finalizing an arrangement with a local benefactor who has agreed to provide funding to support the renovation and continued use of the Jimmy Prentis Morris facility in Oak Park.

While details will be forthcoming, the arrangement will retain the pool, with continued sensitivity to the needs of the observant community living in the area. The remainder of the facility will be torn down and replaced with a new building, designed to accommodate the needs of the community as well as rent-paying users that provide community services, such as Jewish agencies, a fitness operator and program tenants.

Please note that the building will cease to be operated by the JCC after August 31, as planned, and will be closed. Use of the pool may become available for a period during the transition, but otherwise the facility will not be open for use. More information is forthcoming.

The donor has chosen to remain anonymous at this time. The building itself will continue to be named for Jimmy Prentis Morris (JPM), and will continue to honor the legacy of past donors.

In accordance with governance, the agreement is subject to final review and approval by the JFMD & UJF Boards.

“This is an extremely positive and exciting milestone for this community,” says Jewish Federation President Lawrence A. Wolfe. “Finding a way to maintain a community facility in this area has been a priority for us since the decision was made for Jewish Community Center to cease operations here. Thanks to the vision and commitment of many people, but especially the donor, JPM will continue to serve the community long into the future. I would also like to acknowledge the tremendous effort and assistance of Oak Park Mayor Marian McClellan.“

Plans are currently underway, and more information regarding the new facility will be available in the near future.


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