New York City FC has confirmed that construction work will begin on the North American Major League Soccer franchise’s new permanent training facility in the next few weeks.

Planning approval for the development on the vacant 17-acre site on Old Orangeburg Road was granted by the Orangeburg Planning Board in July.

The project will feature one-and-a-half football pitches as well as a 25,000 square foot building, which will be where the franchise’s offices are located. There will also be space for player rehabilitation facilities.

The development has been designed by Rafael Viñoly, the architect behind academy facilities at the franchise’s sister clubs in England and Australia, Manchester City and Melbourne City.

The facility in Rockland County is due to be completed in early 2018.

“Our new elite training facility in Orangeburg is a significant step forward in the evolution of our club, marking our first permanent home for the team,” the club’s sporting director, Claudio Reyna, said.

“We have secured a location in a fantastic area of New York where our players and staff will come together on a daily basis to continue to work hard and grow as a team.

“Through our relationship with City Football Group, we are part of a global network of soccer knowledge – the fact that this facility is going to be designed, built and operated in line with the group, who have been recognised for their expertise in this field, offers great benefits for NYCFC.”