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NYC's First-Ever Green School in Battery Park City

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Eliot Spitzer broke ground on a new environmentally-friendly school in Lower Manhattan today. The 950-seat school will be built on the last available plot of land in Battery Park City.

The school, which will be located at 55 Battery Place, will be fully air-conditioned and have 40 classrooms, including 10 for special education students; a kitchen and cafeteria; medical suite; auditorium; library; wireless Internet access; art, science, and music rooms; a 5,400-square-foot gymnasium, and a 1,500-square-foot exercise room with rooftop educational and recreational spaces.

Construction is expected to begin in June 2008, and expected to be completed by September 2010. The new school is being designed by Dattner Architects.

“Over the past six years, this community's population has grown by some 20,000 people and more than 10,000 new units of housing have been opened or are under construction down here. And not surprisingly, the school-age population in this area is also booming,” said the mayor.

The Solaire, the first high-rise residential project to be awarded LEED certification in the nation was built in 2003 in Battery Park City. The Verdesian, which opened last year in BPC is applying for Platinum LEED certification. The Visionaire a green luxury condominium designed by Rafael Pelli who also designed The Solaire and The Verdisan is currently under construction in Battery Park City.


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