City to Renew Child Day Care Lease at $385K Per Year


639 Edgecombe Avenue
639 Edgecombe Avenue.

The city Administration for Children’s Services would maintain the continued operations of the Rena Day Care Center out of a 34,135-square-foot facility in Washington Heights under a proposed five-year lease renewal with the building’s owner.

The day care center has operated since 1972, a spokesman said, and, if city officials greenlight the agreement during a public hearing on Dec. 10, the new lease would allow Rena to continue offering early care and education to 170 toddlers and preschoolers at 639 Edgecombe Avenue at a rent of $385,924 per year.

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“The Administration for Children’s Services actively works with its partner city agencies, local elected officials and contracted providers to ensure that children served at EarlyLearn NYC locations have the necessary conditions in place to continue to receive early care and education services,” ACS spokesman Christopher McKniff wrote in an email.

The building also serves as Rena’s offices for the agency’s home-based care for 600 children aged six weeks through four years, Mr. McKniff added. The property boasts 22,022 square feet of interior space, a 10,601-square-foot rooftop playground and a 1,512-square-foot outdoor play area at ground level, he said.

City contracting rules require agencies to hold public hearings, like next week’s proceeding at 10:30 a.m. at 22 Reade Street, for any agreements or contracts valued over $100,000, according to the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services.

The Department of Citywide Administrative Services negotiated the proposed deal, which would cost $1.9 million over its five-year term, directly with the building’s landlord and management company without any brokers involved.

S&H Associates LLC owns the building, according to property records, with the Dalton Management Company acting as manager. But an official who answered a phone call to Dalton’s offices declined to comment and a lawyer listed as a representative of the owner on a 1998 deed for the building didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.