UNCG seeks feedback on planned recreation center

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- UNCG will hold two meetings in July to seek public feedback about the design and planning of a new student recreation center to be built on West Lee Street.

The new recreation center will be a 225,000 square foot facility on the 1300 block of Lee Street, according to UNCG's Associate Vice Chancellor, Mike Byers. It'll be near the student housing/mixed use facility the university is currently building a few blocks away.

"We're totally open as to what the buildings going to look like, how it'll function, how it'll integrate to the neighborhood," Byers said. "The things that we definitely know is that we're going to build it and it's going to go in that area along Lee Street."

Byers says the student housing under current construction should be finished in a year. They plan to finish the recreation center by the 2015-2016 school year, according to Byers.

He said they have a rough idea for the facility, by the designer has not drawn a final plan for the recreation center yet.

UNCG is calling the project Spartan Village.

Members of the Glenwood Neighborhood Association will meet to figure out how they want to approach UNCG's next phase of construction.

"I think this kind of encroachment by universities is a national trend and sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad but the fact of the matter is the university knows what it wants and so sometimes it hears what it wants," said Fahiym Hanna, the neighborhood association president. "We're just trying to make sure that doesn't happen in Glenwood."

The meetings will be held at 2 and 7 p.m. on July 17 in the Terrance Room of the Greensboro Coliseum.