ARDSLEY, N.Y. -- A $14 million sports complex that is set to open in the Village of Ardsley next summer is expected to turn a former industrial area into a mini-Chelsea Piers.
The House of Sports, which will be located on Elm Street, has received all necessary approvals from the village and is currently under construction. The 85,000 square foot facility will include basketball courts, a turf field, a baseball-training center and a speed/strength center with an indoor track.
The facility will feature programs and leagues for all ages and abilities.
We identified a need, Donald Scherer, the CEO of Elm Street Sports Group, said. Thats what led us to build this. We are filling a need for adults and young adults. They will now have a place where they can play sports in a controlled environment.
Scherer, 42, currently lives in Tarrytown, but previously lived in Ardsley. He currently is a volunteer for the Ardsley Ambulance Corps.
Ann Silver and Paul Adler of Rand Commercial Service helped represent Scherer and former property owner Aaron Schwartzman in the sale of the property, which sold for $3.9 million.
The location was previously used as a warehouse for the distribution of non-perishable grocery items.
This is an adaptive reuse of a former warehouse, Adler said. The repositioning and re-purposing of buildings that no longer have viable use has become a trend in real estate. People are being creative.
Adler and Silver said that they are turning what was once a largely vacant area into an area that will be family-friendly.
Recreational uses are experiencing a rebirth, Adler said. Its easier on the village, because you dont have 18-wheelers pulling through there anymore. You dont have that load on the infrastructure and it brings people into a part of the village that they previously stayed away from.
Peter Porcino, the deputy mayor and soon-to-be mayor, said that this is a positive development for Ardsley, and he envisions the complex becoming a mini-Chelsea Piers.
This will provide athletic facilities for our youth and provide them with another place to play, Poricho said. Village residents will get a lot of use out of it.
For more information on the complex, visit www.houseofsportsny.com
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