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Harlem’s school-to-rental P.S. 186 begins welcoming residents

The rentals are being filled through a lottery open to low- and middle-income New Yorkers

The $48.6 million rehabilitation and conversion of Harlem’s crumbling P.S. 156 into housing for low- and middle-income New Yorkers has wrapped up and residents have begun moving in. Work has also finished on the building’s new 11,000-square-foot home for the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem, which will officially open tomorrow.

Residents began moving into 526 West 146th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway in August. The building, now 75-percent occupied, is being filled through a housing lottery that opened in early February. Apartments in the building include studios, deluxe studios, one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms.

Of those, there are 15 studios and 23 one-bedrooms, and then units are divided more or less equally among the other apartment layouts. Studios are renting from $508 to $802 for residents who make between $18,789 and $36,300 per year; deluxe studios and one-bedrooms rent for $547 to $2,312, for one to two residents making $20,160 to $114,000 per year; and two-bedrooms are available to families of two, three, or four making $24,240 to $142,400 a year, and the rents range from $665 to $2,783 per month.

The site is co-developed by the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem with Monadnock Development and Alembic Community Development. The project has been in the works since 2014, although the Boys and Girls Club has owned the site since 1986. The group’s original plans to raze the building and replace it were halted by community protests—but now that work is complete, the 111-year-old building probably hasn’t looked as good in just as long.