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Landmarks Preservation Commission Finally Comes Down on Former Charas/PS 64 Owner


(l.) Village Preservation Exec. Dir. Andrew Berman speaking at the rally outside the former P.S. 64/Charas-El Bohio Cultural Center (r.) in February.


Following a press conference held by local elected officials and community groups, including Village Preservation, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has finally issued an order to repair the neglected and deteriorating landmarked former school and community/cultural center at 605 East 9th Street (east of Avenue B), whose developer/owner has long sought to tear down, destroy, or place illegal uses into the building – read the order here.

In February, dangerous conditions at the building forced the evacuation of neighboring buildings and the closure of surrounding streets. Village Preservation has long urged the Landmarks Preservation Commission to take firmer action against the owner, who is currently suing us and other community groups and elected officials.

When running for re-election in 2017, Mayor de Blasio publicly promised to seek to reacquire the building from the developer/owner, who has allowed it to deteriorate and remain open to the elements, and to return it to a community use. Thus far there is no indication of the Mayor having taken any steps whatsoever to seek to reacquire the building, which formerly served as a beloved community and cultural center.


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