Brooklyn’s Central United Talmudical Academy has filed its plans for the building of a new girls’ Torah academy in the northwestern area of the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. The plans were revealed by New York Yimby.
To be constructed at 401 Park Ave, at the corner of Taaffe Place, the new school building will have a total of 196, 450 square feet and have more than five stories. The neighborhood has recently brought in many new residents from the Satmar Hasidic sect from neighboring Williamsburg which has run out of room for the every growing Hasidic population with its large families.
The new girl’s school will be affiliated with the men’s yeshiva college UTA Central which is affiliated with the Aronis sub sect of the Stamars. They are followers of Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum.
The location currently holds a two story industrial building that was constructed in 1930. The lot has a total of 44, 276 square feet. Rabbi Mordechai Hirsch, the school’s leader, bought the property earlier in the year for $3 million.
That was a relatively cheap price, even for Bedford Stuyvesant. The reason was the low cost of the property was that it is zoned by the City of New York as M1-2. This means that a more expensive residential development could not be built there.
Also, under local regulations, the building density can be much higher for a school than a commercial property, such as new retail space, so the new owners can get much more use out of it than a private developer could have.