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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Construction on Jerome may be home to new charter school

Construction of a new 4-story, 56,000 square foot office space is underway at the corner of Jerome Avenue and 177th St. The project is expected to be completed by Spring 2009. The building's owner, Frank DeLeonardis, hopes to lease the building to one tenant; particularly looking to house a charter school.

The building's contractor, Kudos Construction Corporation, has been working on the site for the past couple of months; which previously was home to a gas station. Dutch Bodnar, Director of Construction for the project, also oversaw the construction of Bronx Charter School of Excellence in the Bronx and Democracy Prep Charter School in Harlem.

Haze surrounding occupancy of the new Jerome Avenue space leads to questions as to whether an "office space" construction will be suitable for the placement of a new school. A "Plan B" situation of finding a different tenant if a school does not take the space is yet to be made public, Bodnar said.

DeLeonardis is currently unavailable, and could not be reached for comment.

Bronx Charter School of Excellence is located on 1960 Benedict Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462
Democracy Prep Charter School is located on 222 W. 134th Street, New York, NY 10030


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