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P.S. 64 Developer Files Federal Lawsuit, Claiming Conspiracy to Block Dorm Plan

P.S. 64 Developer Files Federal Lawsuit, Claiming Conspiracy to Block Dorm Plan

Rendering of student dorm proposal at 605 East Ninth St.

Rendering of student dorm proposal at 605 East Ninth St.

Developer Gregg Singer has filed a federal lawsuit in his continuing battle to create a student dormitory at the former P.S. 64 building on East Ninth Street.

In the lawsuit, the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) reports, Singer is claiming a conspiracy by local elected officials, a powerful neighbor (Aaron Sosnick) and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, a vocal opponent of the development plans.

In 1998, the city sold the building to Singer for $3.3 million, a move that eventually lead to the eviction of the CHARAS/El Bohio Community Center. The Department of Buildings has declined to approve construction permits, saying that the developer has, “failed to submit sufficient proof that the building would be used as a student dormitory.” Former City Councilmember Rosie Mendez was a fierce opponent of the dorm plan. Singer campaigned against Carlina Rivera this past fall, who was elected to succeed Mendez in the City Council.

During a town hall meeting in October, Mayor De Blasio announced that the city would seek to “re-aquire” the building, but the administration has not spelled out how it would go about doing that.

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