COLLEGIATE SCHOOL SET TO BE REPLACED BY NEW RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

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Rendering of part of the new development by COOKFOX architects, via NY Yimby.

The 12-story Collegiate School on 78th street and West End Avenue will be replaced by a new 18-story residence whose apartments will average 3,000-square-feet each, reports NY Yimby.

“Collegiate Churches of New York has filed applications to transform the 12-story buildings at 370-378 West End Avenue, on the Upper West Side, into a single residential structure with 66 units. The Collegiate School building at 370 West End will be replaced with an 18-story structure, and once connected with 378 West End, will measure 198,095 square feet.”

The Collegiate School, whose famous garduates include JFK Jr., has already made plan to move down to the Riverside Center development on Riverside Boulevard between 59th and 61st street. The school sold the old building for $125 million, according to the Real Deal.

The church says it plans to use the money from the development for charity and building preservation.

“Funds generated by the planned redevelopment of the site will support the Collegiate Churches’ charitable programs and the preservation of its nearby West End Church building, the organization said.”

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    1. rothmere says:

      Guess some hedge fund made an offer they couldn’t refuse.. Collegiate is relocating to a noisy, smoggy busy lousy neighborhood .. in pace requiescat..

      • ScooterStan says:

        Re: “Guess some hedge fund made an offer they couldn’t refuse.. noisy, smoggy busy lousy neighborhood”

        Your “Guess” is about as WRONG as your judgement about the neighborhood.

        Had you even bothered to take a look at the area of West End/59th Street you would find BRAND NEW CONSTRUCTION including:
        1) One West End, a strikingly unique glass tower where the smallest apartment is offered at $1.7M and which will ALSO have AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS;
        2) the glass tower of The Heschel School, a private-pricey-exclusive school;
        3) the glass tower of the brand-new building belonging to CUNY’s John Jay College;
        4) to the west the glass towers of the Riverside South development, including one tower designed by famed architect Philip Johnson; and
        5) on 57th street, close to the river, one of the most amazing buildings to rise this decade: the sail-shaped glass tower designed by a famed European architect.

        Lousy nabe? HAH! Check your facts!!!

        • Johnny UWS says:

          ScooterStan Appreciate your point that this is a well developed and opulent area for sure. Yet walking through it on a hot humid August day it’s not really even a neighborhood at all, rather a valley of large glass and steel structure towering overhead, with little or no retail space, could be very wonderful tenants in these towers yet the individual and neighborhood is not a part of it. For me its the urban “gated community.”

        • dannyboy says:

          That a lotta’ glass!

          And people who live in glass houses…

      • Becca says:

        It was no offer. The church owns the land, not the school, and they wanted it back.

    2. Ibiza says:

      Wasn’t 78th and West End landmarked? If so, how will the Collegiate building be legally replaced with a new structure?

    3. Howard Freeman says:

      Didn’t Extell have a piece of the original deal?

    4. Liz says:

      Luxury apartments replacing school building on Upper West Side. Now that’s something that doesn’t happen every day. WOW!!

      If Extel is involved in this deal, where is the poor door going to be located — in some other neighborhood?

      Let’s face it. Everything is for sale. MOBIA sold their building for $300M.

      What’s next St. John the Divine? OOPS!!
      Forgot they already sold their “soul” and major property for two grotesque apartment complexes that tower over the Cathedral and block that magnificent view on both Amsterdam and 110th Street.

      What is going to be left in NYC and the Upper West Side besides banks, shoe stores, Duane Reade, etc.? — Sadly, only very expensive co-ops and condos the average New Yorker cannot afford.

      All the unique neighborhoods are going, going, gone.

    5. Lester Robinson says:

      Let me help clear this up… About 43 years ago a history teacher named Lester Robinson first suggested the schools buildings were getting too small for the student population. Collegiate brought in a team of consultants, J. Rosenwald & Co., to ponder the problem. The consultants came to the conclusion that Collegiate could reduce the total number of students by raising prices and academic standards. All existing students on scholarships could stay until graduation but subsequent “poor” students would no longer be welcome. A new headmaster, Paul Mop, had just arrived and in what would later be described as “a massive philosophical misalignment” Mr. Mop supported the board of trustees in the tuition price increases. This was exactly the same moment Collegiate relaxed its dress code allowing turtlenecks, and turtleneck dickies. Both the price increases and turtlenecks were later viewed as an erosion of core Collegiate historical principles. Yet, as the war in Vietnam drew to a close and Richard Nixon was president the turtlenecks and price increases were viewed as a “good idea.” Abbie Hoffman was teaching shop on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and he organized the teachers threat to all quit if Mr. Mop was not dismissed. The teachers prevailed. The West End Collegiate Church under the direction Of Reverend Gorton and Mr. Towler actively worked to get the turtleneck de-authorized. At the same time one of Collegates most beloved teachers Mr. Twitchell spoke passionately to defend the turtleneck shirts but said the dickeys should not be considered a true turtleneck shirt.

    6. Sean says:

      The UWS is all about oppulency. Look at the size of the fruit at Fairway.