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    The following rendering appears on www.3d-win.com.



    I wonder if this will rise above the school that Durst is building on West 57th.

    Durst to Build Private School on 11th Avenue
    by Eliot Brown | February 19, 2008

    This article was published in the February 20, 2008, edition of The New York Observer.

    Joining forces with the onetime owner of Esquire, developer Douglas Durst is getting into the education business, building a large private school on a West Side lot a block from the Hudson River.

    If a zoning change goes through as planned, a $200 million-plus, six-story competitive primary and secondary school will rise on Mr. Durst’s property at 623 West 57th Street, the start of what its backers say will be a global network of the internationally focused institutions.

    Called the Nations Academy, the venture is being led by Christopher Whittle, the founder of education management company Edison Schools and the owner of Esquire magazine in the 1980’s. Mr. Whittle, who is partnered with former Yale president Benno Schmidt in creating the schools, said the goal for the Durst site is to create a school for more than 1,700 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, one that ultimately would seek to compete with the city’s top private schools.

    The focus of the curriculum, however, is more global than that of a Dalton or a Brearley, Mr. Whittle said, and about 20 percent of the students are expected to be from outside the city, many the children of expatriates.

    “It would be competitive with the finest schools in the city,” Mr. Whittle said. “Obviously, that takes time to establish, and we know that, but we plan to be a great school on opening day.”

    Along with a school in Washington, D.C., the Manhattan school is scheduled to be finished by 2010, marking the first and second completed schools in what Mr. Whittle imagines as a 12-school global network by 2012.

    Before Edison, Mr. Whittle owned Esquire. He sold it to the Hearst Corporation, and founded Channel One, a free educational television network for students. “Most of my activity in media was related to schools,” Mr. Whittle said.

    Nations Academy will have a long-term lease on the West Side building, which will be about 240,000 square feet and will be built by the Durst Organization. Durst, which has a long-term lease on the entire block, will also build and own a parking garage underneath and about 20,000 square feet of retail at the school’s base.

    The development firm built a 600-unit rental building on the east end of the block in 2005, the Helena, and plans have not yet been finalized for the western-most section, according to Durst spokesman Jordan Barowitz.

    Nations Academy is also seeking a considerable sum—more than $200 million in tax-exempt bonds—from the Industrial Development Authority, a city-administered agency that issues the bonds.

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    The school should rise between that tower and the Helena. The NYCyberCenter was to be built at that school site .

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    That rendering for the tower has been in the 3d-Win website for almost two years now, I posted it back in June of 2006...

    http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showpo...0&postcount=17

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    I think the proposal is called the Rose.

    http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showth...?t=3456&page=6

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    OK, you guys can forget that design in the rendering above. This is from Durst himself:

    Durst Indomitable

    Real estate dynasty scion and voice of the family firm, 63-year-old Douglas Durst has a powerful hand in Manhattan’s emerging skyline, including the new Bank of America tower on Bryant Park and the development battle over the West Side Rail Yards.



    by Eliot Brown | March 5, 2008

    You’re building a 1,700-student private school on West 57th Street. How did that come about?
    We were approached by Chris Whittle and Benno Schmidt about it. It’s really their project—we’re helping in the construction, but we’re not the developers or involved in the financial aspects of it.

    Is there not a more lucrative use for the land than a private school?
    We’re happy with the deal we made with them.

    On 57th and 12th Avenue, you still have a parcel there. What’s to come of that?
    We have a number of discussions—for a while, we were considering a residential project but have decided against it. And now we’re looking at some various commercial alternatives.

    Would a hotel go well there?
    That’s a possibility, yes.

    Copyright ©, The New York Observer, L.P.

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    The plans for the proposed private school that was to be built on the midblock parcel between the Helena and this plot is kaput. The news story is posted here.

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    They filed a demo permit for the automotive shop currently on the site.
    It's at 830 12TH AVE.

    I'm guessing Durst wants to get this started before Avalon and Extell's Riverside Center.

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    That's good news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3 View Post
    They filed a demo permit for the automotive shop currently on the site.
    It's at 830 12TH AVE.

    I'm guessing Durst wants to get this started before Avalon and Extell's Riverside Center.
    That's actually a good point. That is a lot of competition coming on the market. This is a quote from their new site:

    West 57th Street

    The Durst Organization controls the block bounded by 11th and 12th avenues and 57th and 58th streets. On the east end of the block stands The Helena; The Durst Organization is currently in the design phase of an environmentally sustainable mixed–use building for the remainder of the block. Plans for a new K–12 school are currently on hold.

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