Curbed.com reported recently that the abandoned gothic style P.S. 90 at 215 E. 99th Street received $52.2 million in construction financing to build 90 units of affordable housing for artists and their families. It also will provide approximately 10,000 square feet of non-residential space for arts and cultural organizations. The development is in conjunction with Artspace, a non-profit based on Minnesota whose goal is to create affordable art space for artists and their art organizations.
According to public records from 1999, the project was in the beginning phases of a demolition from the department of buildings. However, there was a strong public outcry to save the building. Only in 2011 were official permits filed to begin a gut rehab of the brick school building to turn it into a residential / mixed-use building.
I guess the last piece of the puzzle is finally coming together with the $52 million in funding.
How beautiful is this building? I’m happy to see it getting put to good use for the community of El Barrio.