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Nine-Story Dorm Bound for 35 Cooper, But Whose Is It? - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


Nine-Story Dorm Bound for 35 Cooper, But Whose Is It?


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35 Cooper Square From Feb. 2011 to May 2011Claire Glass and Stephen Rex Brown The demolition of 35 Cooper last year.

So, what university is behind the dormitory planned for 35 Cooper Square?

EV Grieve first spotted the plans, filed with the Department of Buildings yesterday, which call for over 30,000 square feet of student housing.

But which students will stay there?

“Not N.Y.U.’s,” wrote university spokesman John Beckman of the dorm.

“We already have a dorm on Third Avenue,” said Jolene Travis, spokeswoman for Cooper Union.

“We’re already building a dorm on Fifth Avenue,” said Sam Biederman, a spokesman for The New School.

(The Local has also reached out to the School of Visual Arts, Parsons, and others.)

A spokesman for the developer, Arun Bhatia, said that no information would be revealed until sometime in September. Mr. Bhatia has previously developed dormitories for Marymount Manhattan College (a 46-story tower on East 55th Street that also included 40 luxury rental units) and the New School (a dorm in Chelsea that also included condos). In 2008, he bought a building on East 15th Street from New York Downtown Hospital for $56 million and converted it into a New School dorm; plans for a dormitory on East 73rd Street never materialized.

Whenever the details about 35 Cooper do come out, the building will likely stir up the anger that led a broad coalition of preservationists to try to save the Federal-style rowhouse built around 1825 from the proverbial wrecking ball.

But for now, there are more questions about 35 Cooper than there are answers — which has been the case about the lot for over a year.

Update | 4:31 p.m. Spokespeople for the Fashion Institute of Technology, CUNY and Pace also said the building will not house their students.

Update | 7:50 p.m. A spokesperson for the School of Visual Arts says the dorm does not belong to that school. We haven’t heard back from Parsons but a reader points out that, of course, it’s part of the New School.