Chabad, the Orthodox Jewish movement rooted in Hassidic Judaism, is planning to take the first five floors of a new building at 15-19 West 96th Street, near Central Park West, according to Jewish Week. The new condo building will get to rise higher because it gets a “community facility” bonus by having the religious organization on the lower floors.
The new building is replacing three townhouses that were built in the early 1900’s.
“The new site of Chabad of the West Side (CWS) — the first Manhattan branch of the Brooklyn-based Chabad Lubavitch chasidic movement — will house two synagogues, a mikveh, a library, a conference center, a terrace-playground, a teacher’s training academy, meeting rooms and classrooms for CWS’ growing preschool and Hebrew school. At 20,000 square feet, the new center is double the space of its current location.
Construction on the new building is to begin this spring, and the new Chabad site is set to open in September 2020.”
Chabad has outgrown its current space at 166 West 97th street.