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Coming soon to the Grand Concourse will be a towering 24 story building (the tallest on The Grand Concourse) on the site of the former and beloved PS 31 aka Castle on The Concourse which we fought very hard to save from demolition—surpassing Executive Towers, built in 1963, by one story.
After six years of filings with NYC’s Department of Buildings and construction delays, 500 Exterior Street is rising with the 11 story hotel slated to be completed sometime in 2016 and Holiday Inn Express has leased the building according to owner Harshad Patel. The property sits across from the Special Harlem River Waterfront District where a proposed waterfront park would go along with 4,000 units of housing (2.8 million square feet of housing, 2.3 million square feet of commercial space, 1 million square feet of community space).
After a long battle with thousands of people voicing their pleas to save PS 31 aka The Castle On The Concourse, the city will be demolishing this beautiful landmark and treasured building filled with history.
SIGN THE PETITION TO SAVE THIS LANDMARK BUILDING FROM DEMOLITION! The City wants to destroy our Bronx History!
The community has been battling to save the landmark PS 31 aka ‘The Castle on The Concourse’ ever since we found that the city wanted to demolish this beloved treasure.
The City testified saying that it couldn’t withstand more storms and was a public hazard and YET 2 brutal winters have passed SINCE the June 2013 hearings at Community Board 1, PS 31 is STILL standing and is in the same condition.
On November 8, 2013, New York City’s Department of Buildings issued an emergency demolition order for the landmarked ‘Castle on the Concourse’ aka PS 31. They cited it as a public safety issue and were concerned that it wouldn’t survive another Sandy-like weather event.
After a winter with record snowfalls and several buildings suffering major roof collapses due to the tremendous weight of all that snow, PS 31 still stands.
During Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr’s State of the Borough address today, he publicly called upon the city to issue a new Request for Proposal for PS 31 and to truly explore whether or not it needs to be demolished.
It seems the Borough President has listened to our cries for the building to be salvaged since our petition to save the building was addressed to him among others.
Both New York City Department of Buildings and HUD could not provide enough evidence as to why Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) should strip PS 31’s landmark status even in the edifice’s deteriorating condition.
Almost 500 people have signed the petition to save PS 31 aka The Castle on the Concourse from losing its landmark status and being demolished.
Many have left heartfelt comments about the school and building helped shaped their lives but one comment really stands out and it is from Sharan Rosen.
New York City is filled with many edifices that are as much a part of the fabric which makes up this city as are the people who walk their corridors.
Just a few short blocks from where the Grand Concourse begins, that boulevard of dreams, sits PS 31.