Bernadette Castro


New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Historic Preservation Field Services Bureau
Peebles Island, PO Box 189, Waterford, New York 12188-0189

April 26, 1999

Ross J. Holden
Vice President and General Counsel
New York City School Construction Authority
30-30 Thomson Aavenue
Long Island City, NY 11101-3045


215 East 99th Street
New York, New York County

Dear Mr. Holden:

On April 6, 1999, the Historic Preservation Field Services Bureau of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation (OPRHP) was contacted by representatives of The Coalition to Save P.S. 109, who asked if the New York City School Construction Authority had consulted with our office concerning the school building's beginning demolition. We checked out records and found that no consultation had taken place. On April 7, 1999, our office contacted Tami Rachelson of he Authority to inform her of what we had heard and to ask about the building. Ms. Rachelson checked her records and found that the project had not been submitted. We requested that demolition halt so that sonsultation could begin under Section 14.09 of the New York State Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Act of 1980.

Since that time, we have received preliminary project materials from the Authority as well as other materials from the Coalition. We have begun review of these materials in accordance with the provisions of Section 14.09. On April 22, 1999, representatives of our office made a site visit and toured the building with Authority representatives to gain a beginning understanding of its significance and current condition.

Based on the information provided, it is theopinion of the OPRHP that the proposed demolition of P.S. 109 9is an undertaking subject to review under Section 14.09. In accordance with Section 428.6 of the implementing regulations, the OPRHP has determined that P.S. 109 is eligible for listing on the State and National Register of Historic Places. Attached is a resource evaluation to that effect. In accordance with Section 428.7 it is the opinioin of the OPRHP that the proplsed demolition of P.S. 109 is considered an Adverse Impact.

OPRHP is currently reviewing the submitted materials regarding existing structural and other conditions of the school. If additional information is required, we will formally request it in writing as soon as possible. Upon completion of the evaluation OPRHP will provide recommendations for the Authority. In the interim we recommend that the Authority begin the Section 14.09 consultation process as defined in Section 428.8-10 of the regulations. No further salvage or demolition work should proceed until this process has been completed. If anyone has any questions, or if we can of assisance, please call Kathy Howe at (518) 237-8643 ext. 266, or Julian W. Adams at ext. 282.


Director, Field Services Bureau