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As the CHARAS Turns: Developer's $100M Lawsuit Tossed

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Back on December 5th, a State Supreme Court justice threw out developer Gregg Singer's $100 million against the city, which Singer filed in 2006 after he was prevented from obtaining a permit to build a 19-story dorm on the site of the former P.S. 64/CHARAS/El Bohio community center in the East Village. This latest setback for Singer comes on the heels of the building's landmark status being upheld despite Singer's attempts to hack off the unique facade, and was in fact the third legal case Singer has lost this year regarding the derelict East 9th Street building. The Villager reports that the city thinks this is the end of years of litigation, but Singer may still have another lawsuit or legal challenge up his sleeve. He bought the building from the city for $3.15 million in 1998, with a restriction that it be used as a community facility. Singer evicted the CHARAS/El Bohio center from the decommissioned school at the end of 2001, and has been tussling over the building's use ever since. Maybe Singer will now finally follow through on that homeless shelter threat?
· Old P.S. 64 developer is a loser: Third suit is a dud [Villager]
· CHARAS/El Bohio coverage [Curbed]

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