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NYU's 23-story Greenwich Village sports center is officially a go

The 23-story facility will span 588,000-square-feet

It’s official: New York University’s new sports center is finally moving forward. The university filed plans for a 23-story building set to rise at 181 Mercer Street, The Real Deal reports. The project had been stalled for years since the City Council gave its approval in 2012. Many local residents were opposed to the overall Greenwich Village expansion of the university and said the land the university was proposing to build on was intended for parks

The New York State Court of Appeals ruled in NYU’s favor last summer, and the university has agreed to carry out the overall expansion one building at a time to minimize the impact on local residents.

Designed by Davis Brody Bond along with KieranTimberlake, the structure will span 588,000-square-feet, and also be home to a performing arts facility. From what we know so far, the building will be divided into two towers and replace the existing Coles Sports Center.

The facility will come with an Olympic-sized pool, an indoor track, and multiple exercise rooms. On the performing arts side, the building will have a theater with an orchestral pit, balcony and mezzanine seating that will seat up to 556 people. There also plans for studios, a cafe, and study rooms at this new building.

Demolition on the existing sports center got underway in August and the new project is expected to be complete in 2021.