By COLlive reporter
Plans to build a Lubavitch women’s center in Crown Heights are underway with architectural designs already being drawn, COLlive has learned.
Already two years in the planning stages, the first phase of “The Crown Heights Bayit” will include a state-of-the-art mikvah (with a private entrance from Crown Street), spa and Olympic-sized swimming pool at a cost of an estimated at $2.5 Million.
It will occupy the first and basement floors of 556 Crown Street, Brooklyn, an apartment building that houses Bais Levi Yitzchak shul, a Simcha hall and Ohr Chana High School.
Owned by Machon Chana Women’s Institute, the building also serves as a temporary home to Congregation Merkaz Sefarad Chabad, junior N’shei Chabad and a small Simcha hall.
“We are in dire need for a woman’s and girl’s community center,” a source involved with the planning told COLlive.com.
“The plan is to have a fitness gym, daily classes, a cafe, gift shop and a playroom and program for infants,” she said. “And to expand the BLY shul and the Simcha hall.”
Joseph P. Spector, CEO of New York based Spector Design Company, has received the renovation contract.
Building committee members are Chaye Freida Kahan, Sima Gansburg, Tamar Pewsner, Aidel Sputz and Chaya Weinfeld.
Rabbi Levi Garelik of Crown Heights and mikvah expert Rabbi Gershon Grossbaum of Minnesota are advising the project.
A flyer promoting the center reads: “Imagine a women’s oasis in Crown Heights. A place where you can pamper your body, enrich your mind, elevate your soul and indulge your children.”
“All under one roof: Total immersion – both physically and spiritually, just steps away from home in the heart of Crown Heights.”
The flyer went on to say that dedications and naming opportunities are available and urged locals to get involved by calling Mrs. Kahan 718-774-0789 or [email protected]