Bawabeh Realty Holdings, with the Co-op School, are planning to redevelop the single-story retail building at 644 Gates Avenue, in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant, into a three-story, 30,000-square-foot school. The existing structure will be gut-renovated and expanded two stories, according to Crain’s. It will have enough classrooms for 250 middle school students, plus it will have a library, an auditorium, a music room, and an 8,000-square-foot rooftop recreational area with a garden. The Co-op School has already leased the space from Bawabeh, the property owner. A Family Dollar must first vacate the property, and the new building is expected to open in 2018.
Midtown South-based Louise Paris Ltd. has filed applications for a four-story, 42,786-square-foot mixed-use building at 2429 Jerome Avenue, in University Heights, located directly below the Fordham Road stop on the 4 train. The structure would feature 7,640 square feet of ground-floor retail space, as well as a 24,956-square-foot school. The ground floor will host the school’s lobby, followed by classrooms on the second through fourth floors, and a playground on the rooftop. Mansukhbhai Patel’s New Jersey-based Vista Engineering Corp. is the applicant of record. An assemblage of five buildings – two three-story structures and two single-story buildings – at 2421-2431 Jerome Avenue must first be demolished.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), with the Department of Education and the Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD), is preparing to launch a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the L-shaped development site at 131 Livingston Street (a.k.a. 409 Red Hook Lane), in Downtown Brooklyn. The property would be ground-leased to a development team for 99 years and redeveloped, according to the Brooklyn Paper. The site could accommodate a mix of residential units, office space or retail, though the city will likely require the winning team to build a 500- to 700-seat public school. The lot is currently occupied by a six-story office building that houses various city-level government agencies, and it will likely end up getting demolished.
The city’s School Construction Authority has filed applications to expand the Academy for Excellence Through the Arts campus (AEA/P.S. Q303), at 108-55 69th Avenue, in northern Forest Hills, located six blocks north of the Forest Hills-71st Av stop on the E/F/M/R trains. A new two-story, 60,065-square-foot school will be built on the site’s eastern end at 68-60 110th Street. The cellar level will host classrooms, a gymnasium, an auditorium, a cafeteria, and storage space, followed by more classrooms, a library, and addition storage space on the ground floor. The second floor will host administrative offices, classrooms, and additional storage space. Edgar Rawlings’ Lower East Side-based Rawlings Architects will be designing the building.
The Brooklyn Heights Jewish Academy, a Lubavitch dream for decades, is finally becoming a reality. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission gave its blessing to the plan for the school’s structure – located at 81…