ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY)-- This historic church has been a staple in the city of Elmira since the 1800s. The steeple of this building is made of brick from top to bottom. It is one of only seven in the U.S. and one of eleven in the world and plans to turn it into a recreational sports complex for the community will be underway soon. 

"It's really an exciting new look for downtown and what he is going to work on," Councilmember Brent Stermer 2nd district said.

Trinity Episcopal Church sits in the heart of downtown Elmira on the North Main and Church St. It includes four different buildings. Councilmember Brent Stermer for Elmira's Second district says this new sports complex will help revitalize downtown and is something the community needs. 

"This building was lovingly taken care of and just closed two years ago so it's still in great condition. He has all types of neat and exciting plans," Stermer said.

The new Owner, Ryan McFall is a local businessman from Painted Post. His vision for this new community sports complex is grand. It will be named Empire Sports Academy. His vision started with his love of the community. McFall believes Downtown Elmira is the rise of the future.

He plans on renovating the cathedral without changing the historic nature of the building and said the new sports complex will be spectacular with something for everyone.

"In the gym, there will be basketball leagues for kids and adults, there will be training, there will be batting cages for different youth sports to train out of, and there will be a room with a floor shuffleboard.

There will be pitching lanes, pickleball, and a golf simulator. And that's not all Ryan says. You will find anything and everything sports-related at this complex. 

"There will also be cornhole leagues which will be nightly there'll be kids leagues for that and it will be reasonably priced. The corn hole league will also have monthly tournaments," McFall said.

 You don't have to be an athlete to take part in activities at this sports complex. There will ve something for everyone. 

"I'll have stuff for over fifty, and for seniors where they can have different senior games, where there can compete on different stuff on different days," McFall said.

McFall will be meeting with the planning committee to finalize this project in the coming weeks. Once things are finalized, he plans on moving quickly and the new sports complex will open in mid-September.