PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Major improvements are coming to a historic Berkshire County building to help better the needs of the community.

The last time the facility was renovated was decades ago, so these renovations are well-overdue.

Shovels went into the ground Wednesday afternoon in front of the doors of the Pittsfield YMCA to celebrate the groundbreaking of renovations coming to the century-old building. The renovations will include facade improvements, an expanded day-care center, a new fitness center and elevated running track, and a new regulation-sized basketball court.

“Our childcare is going to provide 25 additional spots for children. We are increasing and adding an infant room, an additional toddler room and changing our square footage in our preschool room to maximize on the student-child ratio,” said Jessica Rumlow, CEO and Executive Director of the Berkshire Family YMCA.

The elevated running track, will be the first community based running track in Berkshire County. The YMCA is looking at partnerships with Berkshire Health Systems and other health faculties.

It’s a $12 million project and right now they have about $7 million and actively fundraising. They are hoping to complete the project by this time next year.

Congressman Richard Neal joined the groundbreaking on Wednesday. Neal was also in Lee with Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin, Senator Adam Hinds, Rep. Smitty Pignatelli, and other local officials to help break ground on the $60 million Eagle Mill Redevelopment Project located at 73 West Center Street in Lee.

Once complete, the project will feature 122 apartments, with 56 units designated affordable.