View Full Version : Manhattan-Downtown Residents Worry About a New Public School Coming To Union Square

06-24-2011, 08:34 AM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/20110623/murray-hill-gramercy/residents-worry-about-new-public-school-coming-union-square) by Amy Zimmer:
Near the entrance of the former home of Tiffany & Co. at 15 Union Square West where Wozniacki, the world's No. 1 ranked woman's player, apparently paid under $9 million for two apartments the School Construction Authority is planning to open a school housing 850 seats by 2014.

Workers this week began demolishing the two-story structure at 10 East 15th St., to replace the Teamsters Local 810 union low-rise with a school expected to begin construction early next year. The city reportedly paid $39 million for the site.

"What would 850 students mean?" asked Ken Salzman, president of the board of directors at 7 East 14th St., a large co-op whose back windows face the construction site. "It's less about the impact on [property] values and more about the impact on quality of life."

The selective Clinton School for Writers and Artists, temporarily housed in former Catholic school on West 33rd Street, would relocate to the new building, which would also include a high school for 550 students, according to a resolution Community Board 5 passed in May 2010.

That resolution said the building would rise eight stories, but at a recent meeting with residents from 7 East 14th St., an official from the School Construction Authority declined to give specifics, causing residents to worry it might be taller, Salzman said.

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