City to Renew Bronx Day Care Lease at $15.89 Per SF


629 Courtlandt Avenue
629 Courtlandt Avenue.

The city will sign a 5-year, 27,629-square-foot renewal for the Philip H. Michaels Child Care Center in the Melrose section of the Bronx at $438,981 per year, according to a proposed lease that’s up for final review by city officials next month.

The Michaels day care facility at 629 Courtlandt Avenue, which operates as a contract partner in the Administration for Children’s Services‘ EarlyLearn program, has served the area from the site since 1972, a spokesman for ACS said. The lease calculates to $15.89 per square foot and includes a 5,083-square-foot at-grade play area.

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The agency, said spokesman Christopher McKniff, “actively works with its partner city agencies, local elected officials and contracted providers to ensure that all children and working families served at EarlyLearn locations across New York City continue to receive high quality early care and education services, and to prepare our youngest residents for school and beyond.”

The Department of Citywide Administrative Services negotiated the proposed renewal directly with the building’s landlord, Lancourt Associates, Mr. McKniff said. Neither representatives for the day care or the landlord returned requests for comment about the renewal, which city officials will review at a public hearing scheduled for Jan. 21.

The day care provides early care and education services for up to 210 infants as part of its ACS programming and can also seat 13 additional children through initiatives from the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Mr. McKniff noted.