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Former YMCA in east Belfast goes on sale

by margaret canning

It used to be the place you could go when you were short on your dough, according to 1970s performers the Village People – and now the former YMCA in east Belfast is on sale for £400,000.

The Albertbridge Road property dates back to around 1900 but has been refurbished more recently, according to selling agents CBRE.

The agency described the centre, around one mile from Belfast city centre, as an "active asset management opportunity".

Two retail units on the ground floor are let to Gordons Chemist and European Delicatessance, while the upper floors are let to The Trustees of Exchange Church.

The Young Men's Christian Association was founded in the 1840s in London to hold bible study for young people, but its aims later grew to promoting Christian values through health and fitness.

Belfast's YMCA has been based in the Lagan Meadows since 1997. But the American branch of the organisation caused a stir three years ago by dropping the 'MCA' and renaming itself The Y.

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