227 West 61 Street (The Beacon School)

Address: 227 West 61st Street (227-243 W 61)

Block No: 1154
Lot No: 108

Landmark status: No

Contact

Kathleen Grim, Deputy Chancellor for Finance and Administration
New York City Dept. of Education
52 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
(212) 374-0209

Ruth Lacey, Principal
The Beacon School
273 West 61 Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 245-2807

Walter & Samuels Management
419 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
(212) 685-6200

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Summary of site plans and status

On 6/27/2007, the New York City Council approved the site plan allowing for an approximately 850-seat high school facility located generally on the north side of West 61st Street between Amsterdam and West End Avenue.

The New York City School Construction Authority has undertaken its site acquisition process for Beacon High School. The site contains approximately 22,500 square feet of lot area and is located on the north side of West 61 Street between Amsterdam and West End Avenues in the Borough of Manhattan. This site is privately-owned and improved with a three-story (plus basement) building which contains approximately 70,000 gross square feet. The entire building is currently occupied by the New York City Department of Education’s Beacon High School under a lease which is scheduled to expire in 2010. City Council Member Gale Brewer, the School Construction Authority, the Department of Education, and the school are working together to keep the school on the West Side.

The Notice of Filing of the Site Plan was published in the New York Post and City Record on April 2, 2007. Manhattan Community Board 7 was notified on April 2, 2007, and was asked to hold a public hearing on the proposed Site Plan. Manhattan Community Board 7 held a public hearing on April 18, 2007, and subsequently sent written comments in support of the proposed acquisition of the Site. The City Planning Commission was also notified on April 2, 2007, and also recommended in favor of acquisition of the site.

The following is quoted from the April 17, 2007 meeting of the Land Use Committee of Community Board 7

Resolution regarding 227 West 61st Street, The Beacon School (Amsterdam-West End Avenues.) New York City School Construction Authority’s proposed acquisition of Block 1154, Lot 108, for continued use as an approximately 850-seat high school facility.

The attorney for the School Construction Authority presented on the proposed acquisition of the existing Beacon School on 227 W. 61st St. lot; and, he answered questions as to the Findings and the issue of possible use of eminent domain by SCA: unneeded in this case. The HS bldg. has +60,000 sf of developable FAR.

Vote on the Joint Resolution: 8 / 0 /2.

Click here to read the minutes from the rest of the meeting.

On June 27, 2007, the New York City Council passed a resolution approving the Beacon School site plans. Resolution 948 reads as the following:

WHEREAS, the New York City School Construction Authority submitted to the Council on June 14, 2007, a site plan pursuant to Section 1732 of the New York State Public Authorities Law for an approximately 850-seat high school facility, known as the Beacon High School, located generally on the north side of West 61st Street between Amsterdam and West End Avenues (Block 1154, Lot 108), in DOE Instructional Region No. 10/Community School District No. 3, Community Board No. 7, Borough of Manhattan (the “Site Plan”);

WHEREAS, the Site Plan is subject to review and action by the Council pursuant to Section 1732 of the New York State Public Authorities Law;

WHEREAS, upon due notice, the Council held a public hearing on the Site Plan on June 19,2007;

WHEREAS, the Council has considered the land use implications and other policy issues relating to the Site Plan;

RESOLVED:

Pursuant to Section 1732 of the Public Authorities Law, the Council approves the Site Plan.

As of August 2007, the School Construction Authority has been authorized by CB7 and the City Council to move forward in acquiring the building.

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