Coney Island YMCA Certified

Artist Rendering

Artist Rendering

By Elmer Hassan

 On Jan. 7, the Department of City Planning certified plans for a community center proposed for Coney Island, according to Councilman Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. The Uniform Land Use Review Procedure is set to begin.

“This is a concrete step toward creating the Coney Island of our dreams, one that thrives year-round and attracts record tourists while retaining the spirit of the community,” said Councilman Recchia. 

The community center, located at West 29th St. and Surf Ave., would be a 40,000 square-foot YMCA with affordable housing units.

The center was developed with significant input from the Coney Island residents. It will include a swimming pool, a gymnasium and flexible, multi-purpose spaces for programmed activities. The $56 million project will also include about 150 units of affordable housing.

“I don’t foresee any problems with the Uniform Land Use Review,” said Chuck Reichenthal, the president of Community Board 13. “Most board members have already seen the design. I think it’s going to be wonderful.”

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