New York City is seeking to turn the city of 2 million into a world-class urban concrete-and-steel complex.
The plan calls for building a concrete pool and park to replace the aging, overgrown pool and adjacent vacant lots.
“It’s going to be a world class pool,” said the city engineer, who declined to be identified because he’s not authorized to speak publicly.
The pool and a park are planned to be located in Manhattan’s historic Chinatown district, on the site of the former Manhattan Bank, which was abandoned in the 1960s.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who’s in his third term, and his Democratic predecessor, Andrew Cuomo, both promised to renovate the old bank to modern standards.
Instead, the new project, dubbed the “New York City Pool and Park,” will be the citys largest concrete- and steel-based complex in the world.
It’s one of the largest such projects in the U.S., and the first of its kind in the nation, according to a recent report from Bloomberg.
De Blasio’s plan would see the pool and the park built near the site where the old Manhattan Bank once stood, and connected by a highway to a citywide pedestrian walkway.
More than 2 million people would be able to swim and swim in the pool, according the mayor’s office.
In the past, New York has rebuilt its parks and pools by digging tunnels beneath them, and installing artificial pools in the city.
The project is expected to cost about $1.5 billion, including $800 million for the pool.
For years, some of the city s infrastructure has fallen behind the times, and new pools have been built to meet changing needs.
In 2017, the New York Department of Transportation announced it was installing the world’s largest concrete pool at the site, which is about 1.5 miles (2.6 kilometers) north of Times Square.
The new concrete pool will cost about an estimated $3 billion, and is expected be finished in 2020.