Since the purchase of 126 East 78th Street in December 2012, remarkable progress has been made in terms of planning and getting approvals for the project. These include highlights from most current to oldest:
• Bureau of Standards and Appeals approval received in August 2016.
• In July 2016, demolition began.
• In May 2016, we received Board approval of revised campus plan.
• We began demolition on the contiguous townhouses at 126 and 128 East 78th Street during the summer of 2015. We will protect the facades of both townhouses, as required by law, and construct an entirely new state-of-the-art building behind them. We are also making adjustments for how we use certain spaces within the main building.
• In January 2015, the School received unanimous approval from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to proceed with development of our proposal.
• In separate meetings in November 2014, Community Board 8, our local organization, and their Landmarks Committee approved our LPC application.
• In October 2014 the Board of Trustees authorized Kliment Halsband, our architects, to apply to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for a Certificate of Appropriateness.
• The LPC application describes our proposal to expand the townhouse properties and connect them seamlessly to the School. In addition, the application includes a proposal to build an additional, regulation-size gymnasium on top of the main schoolhouse.
In preparation for construction, we have been most fortunate to secure temporary “swing space” in two apartments next door to the School at 138 East 78th Street (the building immediately east of our main entrance), where we have temporarily relocated our business, development, communications and maintenance offices. If you need to visit these offices, please ask for assistance at the School’s reception desk.
These provisions are key to other decisions Allen-Stevenson’s Board of Trustees will be making about the scope, sequence and timing of this project.