The Desmond Tutu Conference Center is to blame for some of the unease in the relationship between Chelsea's General Theological Seminary and its neighbors. The seminary owns the conference center at 180 Tenth Avenue and, despite a 2005 agreement with the city that the center's 60 guest rooms would be open only to those affiliated with G.T.S., the Tutu Center kept operating as a hotel for some time. Given the local angst that inspired, we're not surprised G.T.S. is thinking of giving up the building in its great sell-off. The Observer reports that developer Daniel Brodsky is in negotiations to buy the Tutu Center from the seminary.
No one's talking, so it's unclear how much the building will sell for or what Brodsky's thinking of doing with it. One source tells the Observer the 50,000-square-foot property could be worth $30 million. So far, the Brodsky Organization's plans for the other properties it has acquired in Chelsea's holy land include condos and more condos.
· Brodsky to Buy Desmond Tutu Center [NYO]
· General Theological Seminary coverage [Curbed]