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City grabs Green Church site

The Green Church site now belongs to the city.

City Councilmember Vincent Gentile told members of Community Board 10, gathered at Shore Hill, 9000 Shore Road, for their September meeting, that the School Construction Authority (SCA) had “finally completed its deal” with Abe Betesh, the developer who had acquired the propertyat the intersection of Fourth and Ovington Avenues in Bay Ridge, from the congregation of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church, with the intention of building a high-rise condominium on the site.

“The property is now officially in the hands of the SCA,” Gentile announced as board members applauded. With ownership of the property under its belt, the agency can move ahead with plans to construct a new a 680-seat elementary school at the site.

The board approved the siting of a school at the location earlier this year, eager to help relieve overcrowding in School District 20, which includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and portions of Bensonhurst, Sunset Park and Boro Park.

The school at the Green Church site represents the fulfillment of a promise made several years back, when the Department of Education (DOE) included a whopping 5,119 seats for the district in its 2005-2009 capital plan. Until recently, the district still had about 2,000 seats to go to fulfill the commitment made years earlier.

Design talks are now underway, Gentile also said. “They are going to keep the stained glass window and clock tower in the design of the new school,” he explained, adding, “It looks very nice.”

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