In March 2016, the Wall Street Journal ran a half-page article — complete with photos of progress to date — on the renovation of the historic PS186, the mammoth and long-vacant former public school building that extends from West 145th Street to West 146th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue in Hamilton Heights.
“A terra-cotta bust of the goddess Minerva has kept watch over Public School 186 for more than a century, though for four decades the halls of the mammoth building in Harlem have been empty. But soon the Roman goddess of wisdom will have new charges, and the school new life, when the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem moves its educational programs into the first floor.”
The article presents a lovely portrait of this exciting development, a joint partnership of Alembic Community Development, Monadnock Development LLC and the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem (BGCH), that will see PS186 reborn as the community treasure it once was, now comprised of 10,000 square feet of space for BGCH and 78 affordable studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments for area residents.
“The five-story $49-million renovation includes preserving both exterior and interior details, including wood trim around former classroom doors, and staircase and the façade… Also to be preserved is a principal’s platform, a 12-by-24-foot decorative maple stage.”
This historic restoration project is expected to be complete over the summer of 2016. New residents and the Boys and Girls Cub of Harlem will occupy the space soon thereafter. You can follow the progress here at ps186living.com. And the Wall Street Journal article is here, although you will need a subscription to access the content.