Save old P.S. 64, 605 E. 9th Street
Plans have recently been announced to construct a massive, 500-bed dorm within the old P.S. 64/former CHARAS-El Bohio Cultural Center at 605 East 9th Street. GVSHP strongly supported landmarking of the structure in 2006, joined in the fight against a prior plan to build a mega-dorm here, and has supported efforts to see this building returned to a community use.
An enormous dorm would not be a community use, and would add to the oversaturation of the East Village with dormitories. Additionally, GVSHP is working with Councilmember Rosie Mendez and the East Village Community Coalition to ensure that the Department of Buildings does not issue permits for the dorm construction, given that the current plan violates regulations meant to prevent the construction of bogus "speculative dorms," and requires that there be a lease and restrictive declaration in place for a school to use all the beds for a new dormitory (read our letter). This plan does not have such assurances.
The developer will also need approvals from the Landmarks Preservation Commission to make changes to the exterior of the building for the dormitory; learn more about the proposed changes and how you can weigh in on them HERE.
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