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$20M aquacenter to open at 5.5-acre Aphalt Green.

Inclement weather hasn't slowed construction of the biggest swimming pool in New York City history. It should still open with a splash in June.

That's the word from Ted Kohl, president of Herbert Construction Company, which is building the $20 million Asphalt Green Swim, Sports Training and Rehabilitation Center overlooking the F.D.R. Drive at 555 East 90th Street in Manhattan. The centerpiece of the fivestory, wavy shaded building will be the city's first Olympic-length indoor pool designed to teach, train and delight every type of swimmer from gold medal hopefuls to the disabled and elderly.

At 170 feet long, 60 feet wide and up to 16 feet deep, the 50-meter pool, which is big enough for international competitions, is state-of-the-art in every respect from its computerized filtration and surge systems to its hydraulically raisable floor that can create a teaching section with access for wheelchairs. According to Asphalt Green, Inc. chairman Albert Zesiger, whose private, non-profit organization is developing the AquaCenter in partnership with New York City, over a quarter million swimmers are expected to use the pool annually.

Also housed in the building, designed by New York architect Richard Dattner, will be a smaller 18- by 26foot instructional pool, fully equipped exercise and health fitness facilities, bleacher seating for 700 spectators, administrative offices and a full floor devoted to sports medicine, rehabilitation and wellness run by Mount Sinai Medical Center.

The AquaCenter is the latest addition to the 5.5-acre Asphalt Green. The complex consists of the landmark Murphy Center, formerly the Municipal Asphalt Plant, which has been transformed into a four-level facility containing two gymnasiums, fine arts, graphics and photography studios, and the 100-seat Mazur Theater. It also encompasses a regulation Astro Turf playing field with a perimeter running track; DeKovat's Park, a children's playground; outdoor basketball courts; and the Sundial Plaza.
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Title Annotation:555 East 90th Street, New York, New York
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Apr 28, 1993
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