Tuesday, July 7, 2015
The 122 Community Center on First Avenue at East Ninth Street is in the midst of an extensive, multi-year gut renovation.
Among other upgrades to the infrastructure, the former school will have new stairwells, an elevator and full ADA compliance. The renovation also opens the building by creating space for public use, including an outdoor courtyard, a large gallery and other shared spaces for meetings and community gatherings.
The city is paying for the upgrades — estimated at $35 million — as part of a code renovation to the circa-1894 building. The Department of Cultural Affairs owns the building at 150 First Ave. and leases it out to 122CC, the nonprofit organization managing the space. The AIDS Service Center NYC, Mabou Mines, Painting Space 122 and PS122 are the four organizations that comprise the space.
Last Tuesday, Community Center reps led a group of people, including several local media outlets, on a behind-the-scenes tour of the site. EVG contributor Stacie Joy was along for the preview and shared these photos of the work in progress.
The building is slated for completion in the spring of 2016. Find more information about the renovations here.