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Board of Ed leases former John Jay building.

The Board of Education of the City of New York has leased the former John Jay College of Criminal Justice Building at 444 West 56th Street for a term of 15 years, with an option for an additional 15 years.

The primary occupant of the property will be the new High School of Environmental Studies, one of the 50 specialized schools envisioned by New York's former Schools Chancellor, Joseph Fernandez. The Outreach Program School, a small, alternative high school for special students requiring an insular environment, and the Board of Education's Career Education Office, also will be located in the building, which totals 235,000 square-feet.

This is the Board of Education's largest leased facility in New York City.

The transaction was negotiated by Peter J. Berman, senior managing director in the New York office of Julien J. Studley, Inc. Shane O'Neill, Esq. and Ernst Bertolotti, Esq., of the law firm of Hutton Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, represented the ownership, 444 Realty Company L.P.

The building was originally constructed in 1919 by the movie mogul William Fox, and was heralded at that time as the state-of-the-art studio for silent movies. It later served as the offices and studios of 20th Century Fox. In the early 1970s, the property was purchased by Enterprise Development Associates, who re-developed the building for the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The design/build firm of Meli Boreui Associates has been engaged by the owners to provide the design and construction services required to meet the program and specifications of the Board of Education. The school is scheduled to open in September 1994.
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Title Annotation:New York, New York Board of Education leases John Jay College of Criminal Justice Building at 444 West 56th Street, New York, New York
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Dec 1, 1993
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