ROSEMONT, IL—Before the economy cratered several years ago, the YMCA of Metro Chicago tried selling the site of its aging Rich Port YMCA facility in west suburban LaGrange. The social service association had hoped to raise funds to pay for a new facility. But after the crash, all interest in the site evaporated and the old building was demolished in 2010. Today, however, the brightening economic outlook has YMCA officials hopeful they can revive the project. They plan to test the current real estate market by asking developers to design a mix of uses for the site and will encourage respondents to include a new YMCA.    

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