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The Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities is being moved out of the seven-story building at 75 Morton Street, which means that New York State now finds itself with quite the hot commodity on its hands. Surely the charming corner building, in a prime Far West Village location between Hudson and Greenwich Streets, would be a financial slam dunk as a residential conversion, and the state has issued a request for proposals to sell the property. But Downtown is notoriously short on schools, and there is mounting pressure from locals and Community Board 2 to turn the building into a middle school. Chelsea Now recently reported that the city could be behind this plan, and intervene in the state's RFP. To generate more support for the school proposal, CB2 is planning a rally outside the building on August 6th, saying in its e-mail, "Let's keep 75 Morton Street for the people!"
· City is ‘seriously examining’ 75 Morton St. for new school [Chelsea Now]