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City unveils designs for state-of-the-art YMCA in Edenwald

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The city has unveiled preliminary designs for a YMCA planned for Edenwald.

The city's Economic Development Corporation released renderings Sunday.

The 50,000-square-foot facility, designed by Marvel Architects, will feature two pools, a gym and a full-size basketball court.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced the city's partnership with YMCA for the project in August 2016.

The project will create 100 construction jobs and 100 living wage permanent jobs for locals, according to officials.

The recreation center is planned to be built on property owned by the city's Administration for Children's Services. The Christopher School for children with developmental disabilities also sits on that land.

The YMCA will not be far from the Baychester and Edenwald houses, which are home to 6,000 residents.

Officials say membership will remain affordable to all residents thanks to the YMCA's Financial Assistance Program that allow all people equal access regardless of income or ability to pay.

Construction for the multimillion-dollar project is slated to start in the fall, with a finish date projected for 2020.

Before the construction begins, the YMCA has to go through the city's public review process.

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