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Public School Slated for Greenwich Street in West Village [Updated]

639 Greenwich Street.

639 Greenwich Street.

The New York City School Construction Authority has purchased two Greenwich Street lots and the city’s Department of Education has plans for a new school at the site.

“New construction benefits students, educators and communitiesand this new school will do just that,” a spokeswoman for the Department of Education, which oversees SCA, emailed Commercial Observer. “We are excited to begin a process that will result in a new state-of-the-art building for students and families.”

SCA, which builds new public schools and manages the design, construction and renovation of capital projects in New York City, paid $40 million for 633 and 639 Greenwich Street from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York on March 24 and the deal appeared in city records today. The Dormitory Authority bought the building in 1967, a spokesman said,

The building, now vacant, “was previously used for mental hygiene-related purposes by [the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities],” the Dormitory Authority press official said.

It was sold, he added, because the developmental disabilities agency “determined that the building was unnecessary for their present or future needs.”

DOE and SCA are currently designing the school, with completion slated for the September 2017 school year, a source with knowledge of the deal told Commercial Observer. It has not yet been decided what kind of school it will be, the source added, noting that that the building is currently vacant.

Update: This story was edited to include information from the building’s seller, the Dormitory Authority.

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