After a long fight and a lot of hard work Liz joined other State and City officials to celebrate a victory for the East Side of Manhattan: the groundbreaking of a brand new mixed-use development which will house two public schools. Located at 250 East 57th Street, the $500 million development will house new, modern facilities for P.S. 59 and the High School of Art and Design, which will open to students in September of 2012. Construction of the schools will be paid for by private developers as part of a partnership with the Department of Education’s Educational Construction Fund (ECF), which develops mixed-use real estate projects featuring new school facilities. The 57th Street complex is the largest ECF project to date.
In a double-win for the area, the location will not only provide state of the art facilities for our schools but it will also house a Whole Foods.