A school it will be ...
Chelsea middle school gets new $39 million Union Square home
THE REAL DEAL
By Sarabeth Sanders
July 12, 2010 06:30PM
A selective Chelsea middle school that's been squeezed out of its current space is officially moving to Union Square come 2015.
The New York City School Construction Authority closed on a deal July 1 to acquire the two-story building at 10 East 15th Street for $39 million from the Teamsters Local 810 union, according to property records made public today. The agency plans to demolish and replace the existing structure with a new, permanent facility that will house the Clinton School for Writers and Artists and a 550-seat high school, an SCA spokesperson said.
While the spokesperson said it is too early in the design process to estimate the project's costs, the city has tapped PKSB Architects for the job, which is slated for completion by September 2015.
The 270-student public Clinton School is currently housed within P.S. 11, an overcrowded elementary school at 320 West 21st Street. With P.S. 11 expecting even more students this year, the Clinton School recently embarked on a controversial year-long hunt for alternative spaces.
Proposed temporary homes for the school included P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep at 281 Ninth Avenue and the American Sign Language and English Secondary School at 225 East 23rd Street. A move to the latter location was expected to pass at a meeting of the city's Panel for Education Policy in May, but the plan was withdrawn at the last minute after drawing criticism from parents, teachers and local politicians.
Earlier this week, Chelsea Now reported that the Clinton School would instead be taking over 425 West 33rd Street in the fall from the St. Michael Academy, a recently-shuttered all-girls' school. The city will lease that space from the Archdiocese of New York for roughly $1.6 million per year, the SCA spokesperson told The Real Deal, and the Clinton School will remain there until renovations are completed at 10 East 15th Street.
The temporary relocation costs are estimated at $27,000, plus additional capital "not exceeding $10 million" for renovations because the St. Michael space currently has only one toilet fixture per floor, the spokesperson said.
"I'm very disappointed we're leaving Chelsea," said Susan Kramer, a parent and a spokesperson for the relocation committee at the Clinton School. "It's a really lovely, friendly neighborhood and we're moving into a more business-like area [with the temporary St. Michael space]Ö but we'll be glad to be in Union Square when that building is done."
The Clinton School's high school neighbor at 10 East 15th Street hasn't been determined yet, but Kramer, who also lives around the corner from the new site, said the school is angling to ultimately take over the whole building. "We're hoping that maybe the Clinton School could grow into a high school over the next few years," she said.
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