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Nardin Academy proposes indoor athletic facility

One of the area’s most prominent private schools wants to build a new indoor athletic facility on the site of a former industrial building on Elmwood Avenue in North Buffalo.

Nardin Academy of Buffalo is seeking to put up a complex to house six indoor squash courts, a large indoor turf practice field and locker rooms for both girls and boys, a prepackaged food concessions area and offices.

The school has filed a proposal to build a single-story metal building with a sloped roof at 1803 Elmwood Ave., near Hertel Avenue, on part of the site of a Mod-Pac Corp. facility. It would occupy 0.27 acres out of the 10.12-acre site.

Specifically, according to the architectural plans submitted by Schneider Design to the city Planning Board, the school would demolish a portion of the existing one-story masonry and steel industry building, but would retain the 10-inch-thick concrete floor slab underneath.

It would then erect the new pre-engineering building on the same footprint, abutting the rest of the industrial building. The school also wants to put in a 30-car asphalt parking lot just off the existing driveway.

The proposed elongated facility would feature the practice field at one end, the squash courts at the other and the lockers, lobby and other space in the middle.

The school did not provide any other details about the project, including the cost or building size. Architect Jake Schneider referred questions to Nardin officials, who did not respond to a request for comment.

Nardin, founded in 1857 by the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, is the oldest independent Catholic school in Western New York. It consists of three schools on two campuses, with the elementary and high schools on the main four-acre campus on Cleveland Avenue and most of the Montessori toddler, pre-K and kindergarten program on West Ferry Avenue. The high school is exclusively for girls.