New Elementary School Announced for Lower Manhattan

UPDATE 1/15: The Broadsheet’s explanation provides helpful context.

Community Board 1 just posted this press release on Facebook:

New school site to address overcrowding; among many being built throughout the five boroughs

The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) has reached a framework deal with Trinity Place Holdings Inc., an integrated real estate investment company, for a new elementary school. The site at 77 Greenwich Street will include approximately 476 new elementary school seats to serve School District 2. Design of the school space is expected to be completed by early Summer of 2016, with a school entrance off of Trinity Place.

Working with elected officials and community advocates, the SCA committed to identifying an appropriate location for a new school south of Canal Street, which would fulfill need in the Tribeca/Village sub-district, as outlined in the Fiscal Year 2015-2019 Five Year Capital Plan.

The site for the new school came as a recommendation by community leaders and parents. The school will be included within Trinity Place Holdings Inc.’s new mixed-use development, at the site of the former Syms Clothing Store and the City-landmarked Robert and Anne Dickey House.

“Our strong partnership with local leaders to find and secure additional seats for our City’s students has continued with great success”, said Lorraine Grillo, President and CEO of the New York City School Construction Authority. “I am proud of the tremendous work that we have done to get to the solid framework needed to advance this project. With this framework deal, the developer and SCA will move forward with this exciting project and work as quickly as possible to bring on additional seats to another neighborhood in our five boroughs.”

“Trinity Place Holdings Inc. is proud to be part of bringing a much needed new public school to Lower Manhattan,” stated Matthew Messinger, President & CEO of Trinity Place Holdings Inc. (NYSEMKT: TPHS), owner and developer for the 77 Greenwich Street project. “This part of Manhattan will be completely transformed and enlivened by hundreds of school children, new residents, street retail and the newly created and landscaped Elizabeth Berger Park just south of the school’s front door.”

“This is a victory for parents and children in Lower Manhattan, which has quickly become one of the most attractive places for New Yorkers to live, work and raise their families,” said Council Member Margaret Chin. “As a longtime member of the School Overcrowding Task Force, I am particularly happy that the City is now moving forward with plans for a new school at Trinity Place and Edgar Street that will provide much-needed seats for our growing residential neighborhoods downtown. I thank the School Construction Authority, my fellow elected officials, community leaders and parents for putting our children first by helping us secure another great school for Lower Manhattan.”

“Today is a big step in the community’s long push for a simple idea — school capacity should grow as a neighborhood grows, not after a crisis has hit,” said State Senator Daniel Squadron. “The Trinity Place school will expand upon the great communities that PS/IS 276 Battery Park City, Spruce Street and Peck Slip schools, as well as PS 234 and PS 89, have built. I look forward to continuing to work on solutions to school overcrowding in lower Manhattan through the School Overcrowding Task Force — the work of which has been a big part of these successes — along with my colleagues. I thank the School Construction Authority, Department of Education, Community Board 1, the District 2 CEC, and parent leaders.”

“It’s great to see the School Construction Authority making good on its commitment to add elementary school seats in Lower Manhattan, one of our fastest-growing neighborhoods,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “I will continue to work with this administration to alleviate school crowding and add seats in neighborhoods that need them.”

“I am thrilled that there is a commitment to build a new school serving Lower Manhattan,” said Congressman Jerry Nadler. “I have heard from concerned parents about the serious school over-crowding in this rapidly-growing neighborhood for years, and joined with my fellow elected officials, Community Board 1 and many local residents to call for new school seats to alleviate this problem. This announcement is one more step towards improving our children’s educational experience. Thank you to the School Construction Authority, Trinity Place Holdings, and all of the parents and advocates for their work on this critical issue.”
As part of the overall development, Trinity Place Holdings Inc. will be seeking New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission actions for the Robert and Anne Dickey House, which is intended to be used by the elementary school in the development.

This new site is in addition to the existing pipeline of new capacity projects completed or in progress to alleviate existing overcrowding and accommodate future growth.

The School Construction Authority was established by the New York State Legislature in December 1988 to build new public schools and manage the design, construction and renovation of capital projects in New York City. The SCA’s mission is to design and construct safe, attractive and environmentally sound public schools for children throughout New York City. We are dedicated to building and modernizing schools in a responsible, cost-effective manner while achieving the highest standards of excellence in safety, quality and integrity.



  1. I believe the DESIGN is expected to be complete by this summer. I believe the school will be in the base of a tall Condominium tower that has yet to begin construction. There is no mention in this press release as to when the actual school will open. I assume the school will incubate at the Tweed Courthouse just it Spruce and Peck Slip did. This is great news for the Financial District nonetheless.

  2. This is good news for Lower Manhattan but not so good for PS 150. Three short years ago, politicians fought to keep PS 150 downtown calling it a vital part of the Lower Manhattan Community. Apparently not so much so now.