The school has signed a 20-year lease with 1199 Housing Corp. to rent a 40,000-square-foot sports pavilion on the site of East River Landing, a Mitchell-Lama apartment complex on First Avenue at 108th Street.
The building includes a sports facility with a pool that recently underwent a $6 million renovation, but has proved too costly for the co-op to maintain.
Dwight will cover maintenance and operations and is already working on an additional $2 million worth of renovations. When the center opens in late spring, it will include the 75-foot-long pool, a school gym with bleacher seating for up to 200 people, exercise rooms, locker rooms, saunas, and two rooftop tennis courts.
The pool will allow the school to create a swimming program and the gym will provide a home court for the school’s basketball team, which now schedules mainly away games. Dwight will also shuttle students across the park from its Upper West Side campus for physical education classes. The ride is only 11 minutes, according to school officials.
Stephen Spahn, the school’s chancellor, said the arrangement has provided an answer to a common problem among Manhattan schools, the need for a centralized sports facility, replete with a pool.
“This gives us what other schools don’t have,” Mr. Spahn said.
Use of the facility during designated hours will be free for East River Landing’s 6,500 residents. The school will also offer scholarships to qualified residents.
Meanwhile, Dwight plans to charge other groups for use of the facility. Dwight itself will operate the school’s summer camp from there.