Add another chapter to the long, complicated story of the old P.S. 64/CHARAS/El Bohio community center on Avenue B—it's now known as University House at Tompkins Square Park. According to marketing materials circulated by HelmsleySpear, the landmarked space at 350 East 10th Street (and an aside, the rebranding includes not using the old 605 East Ninth Street. address):
...is currently undergoing a complete renovation including new building systems, core and shell. The property is zoned R8-B. The property is ideal for schools, universities, museums, college dormitories, medical offices, hospital, foundations, nonprofit institutions and related facilities. Ownership will consider all offers to lease or purchase the entire building. In addition, ownership will consider the creation of a “building-within-building” allowing for multiple entrances and uses within the property, including the possibility of leasing individual floors and selling portions of the building as a commercial condominium.
No mention anywhere of Gregg Singer, the building's owner who unsuccessfully tried for years to get his megadorm project off the ground several years back. This past spring, Singer told The Villager that he's still an investor, but he had moved "onto other stuff." Meanwhile, one longtime P.S. 64 watcher said many of these new plans for the site have been moving forward without the knowledge of the East Village power brokers. This should get good.
· Listing: University House at Thompkins Square Park [HelmsleySpear, PDF]
· Scoopy's Notebook [The Villager]
· All Charas-El Bohio Coverage [Curbed]