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Abandoned Harlem School Finally Getting Converted

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P.S. 186 on West 145th Street was closed in 1975 and has since sat vacant—although it was purchased in 1986 by the M.L. Wilson Boys and Girls Club of Harlem, nothing ever came of their restoration plans, allowing the building to fall further and further into disrepair. (The interiors, photographed in 2012 by Will Ellis of AbandonedNYC, are pretty cool-looking but not good for much.) Now, a long-awaited plan to convert the former school for residential use is finally getting underway as Dattner Architects has filed an application for a change in occupancy/use. The five-story building, which was acquired by Monadnock (along with co-developer Alembic Community Development) in December for $4.25 million, will be converted into rental apartments, with space carved out for the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem. Monadnock is also developing a number of Alloy-designed buildings in Dumbo, the city's first microdwelling-filled building, and other projects. Dattner has previously designed Via Verde in the Bronx and is currently working on BAM North Site II.
· Dattner Architects files plan for long-dormant Harlem site [TRD]
· P.S. 186 coverage [Curbed]