New York, NY — Uber has announced plans to expand to the city where it is already operating.
The ride-hailing company said it has secured a 10-year lease on the vacant space on Broadway between 8th and 10th Streets.
Uber said it plans to open as early as 2019 and is looking to open up a “substantial portion” of the area.
The company is working with the city to secure permits, but no timeline has been set.
The lease will be subject to “significant regulatory and political challenges,” according to a press release from the company.
Uber, which has been operating in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Vermont, has yet to open in the New York area.
Uber’s NYC plans came after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made a request in January to Uber to expand in the city.
In the same month, Uber said that it had reached a memorandum of understanding with the City Council, which includes a proposal to establish a transportation hub on Broadway and create a new commercial district.
“We have been committed to New York since we started,” Uber spokesperson Amanda Shulman told Business Insider in a statement.
“While we still have a lot to do to open our doors and meet the unique needs of our customers and employees, we have the necessary infrastructure in place to make New York our destination.”
Uber’s plans to make the move to New Jersey came as the company was facing criticism from critics who called for the company to relocate.
The city of New Jersey is home to Uber, Lyft, and a number of other companies.
The New Jersey Assembly passed a bill in May that would ban Uber and other ride-sharing companies from operating in the state.
Uber sued the state, saying that it violated New Jersey’s open records law, which requires companies to disclose information to the public.
Uber did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
Uber has been in New England since 2011, when it began operating in Boston.
In April, Uber expanded its service to Boston, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.