The West Village-based Joffrey Ballet School will take up the first two floors of developer Gregg Singer‘s controversial 500-bed dormitory at 605 East Ninth Street.
Joffrey inked a deal with the ownership of what will be called University House for about 120 beds in the Alphabet City building. It will pay about $1,550 and $1,650 per month per bed, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Last week, Mr. Singer sought approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the East Village community board for the project. Cooper Union has signed a 15-year lease for 200 beds in the property, which was the home of PS 64 and, more recently, a community center. Some local residents have objected to Mr. Singer’s $40 million plans, which once included a 23-story dormitory tower.
University House is expected to open in time for the 2014 school year.