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As the CHARAS Turns: 'Dorm' Plan Denied in East Village

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The photo at right of the landmarked PS 64/CHARAS/El Bohio building on East 9th Street near Avenue B is from September 2006, but not much has changed, other than the neglected façade slowly suffering more damages at the hands of the elements. To catch you up, developer Gregg Singer bought the former neighborhood cultural center from the city for $3.15 million, but his plans to redevelop the property have been thwarted at every turn, including the landmarking designation that sent him into a spiral of rage and destruction. For a very long time, the matter has been playing out in the courts. Now the (redesigned!) Sun reports that the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that Singer cannot build a 19-story dorm on the site because he doesn't have an educational institution lined up to use it. Community groups have alleged that the dorm plan is a sham, and the completed building would just be used for luxury housing, after Singer makes some claim about not being able to find a college tenant. It looks like the court agreed.
· Developer Blocked in Bid To Build Unaffiliated Dorm [Sun]
· For Avenue B Preservationists, a Busy 24 Hours [Curbed]
· Same Old Story for PS64 [Curbed]