Seizing the Opportunity to Return the Landmarked Former CHARAS/Old P.S. 64 to the Community
The landmarked former CHARAS Community Center/old P.S. 64 at 605 East 9th Street will soon, finally, be wrested from the hands of owner Gregg Singer. Singer purchased it through a corrupt process in 1998, and since then has allowed the historic structure to deteriorate and become a blight on the neighborhood. At long last, the property has been foreclosed upon, and will soon be auctioned.
A critical opportunity presents itself for the City to re-acquire the former P.S. 64 building and work with the community to restore it and bring back the vital cultural center that it once housed, CHARAS. This juncture offers an opening for the City to intervene on the community’s behalf, as it has long promised to do. This would not only save an important but brutally neglected piece of our city’s history, but also allow a once-proud structure that had always served the public and its community to do so again.