In a letter to Thomaston Green developers and the town of Thomaston, Penobscot Bay YMCA leaders said they will not continue to pursue a proposed second YMCA facility on the former prison property.

“It is with regret that the Penobscot Bay YMCA must decline the opportunity to develop a satellite facility on the Thomaston Green site,” the Jan. 2 letter states. The letter was written by YMCA Board President Jim Butler and Executive Director Troy Curtis. “The YMCA Board of Directors has deliberated this topic at length, and ultimately felt that at this time the association was not in a position to move forward with this particular expansion possibility.”

“Ultimately, the deciding factors were the YMCA’s unwillingness to incur debt to finance this endeavor, the current state of the economy and our concerns that a significant capital campaign would be unsuccessful at this time,” the letter states.

The YMCA thanked both the Developers Collaborative and the town of Thomaston for the generous offer of free land for the expansion.

YMCA leaders began talking to the community about a possible new second YMCA facility on the former Maine State Prison property in 2009.

YMCA officials said at the time the YMCA in Rockport had been very successful in that area, but some who live in St. George, Cushing and Warren have to travel too far to use it.

The town of Thomaston offered to donate a portion of the land at the former Maine State Prison property now known as the Thomaston Green for a YMCA facility.

Officials talked about a potential two-story building with between 12,000 and 14,000 square feet of space for a walking track, wellness center, exercise equipment, basketball courts and a pool.

The land gift and support from the town of Thomaston would be worth about $150,000. The overall project was expected to cost as much as $2,950,000, according to information the YMCA officials gave out at a public meeting.

Town Manager Valmore Blastow stressed that the YMCA stated in the letter “at this time.” He said the land set aside for the potential YMCA will be retained in case the YMCA can later continue with expansion plans. If not, he said the town will try to find another community-oriented use for that portion of the property.

YMCA had named the potential facility the “Gateway Program Center.”

One of the primary goals of the YMCA is to help fight childhood and adult obesity and the related health problems. It also looks to provide recreational opportunities for children and teenagers, and to work with senior citizens.