SPOKANE, Wash -

The YMCA of the Inland Northwest will expand to the south hill in mid-December, moving into the space currently operated by Gold's Gym.

The South Hill YMCA branch will open at 2921 E. 57th Avenue.

"Members will have no disruption in their routines as we add $250,000 in new fitness equipment," said Steve Tammaro, CEO of YMCA of the Inland Northwest. "We'll [also] be offering the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program - a free program for cancer survivors; the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program for those who need to reduce their risk of developing diabetes; as well as a Summer Day Camp to help give more kids their best summer ever. We'll also be adding a family activity area and continuing to offer Child Watch."

Gold's Gym members can immediately begin using any YMCA location.

Longtime Gold's Gym owners Dave and Alethea McCann say transitioning to the YMCA "just made sense."

"We looked for an organization who shared our values and commitment to the community we have built with our members over the years," the McCanns said. "It isn't just about the bottom line - it's about changing lives. We couldn't think of a better partner to entrust with our members."

The YMCA of the Inland Northwest currently operates three other facilities; one is in downtown Spokane, one in Spokane Valley and the other in North Spokane.