High School of Art and Design and PS 59 to Get New $200 Million Homes

The alma mater of Art Spiegelman, Harvey Fierstein, Marc Jacobs, and Mobb Deep looks like it’s going to be relocated soon into some fancy new digs. The NYC Department of Education‘s Joel Klein has unveiled the $200 million plans for a new building to house the High School of Art and Design (moving up a block on Second Avenue from 56th Street to 57th), as well as a brand new facility for PS 59. What’s more, they’re doing it up real fancy like because they landed private investors, with the idea of building the school inside of another residential/retail development, and even hired mega-firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill to design the whole thing (at least at the School of Art and Design location). One very small photo of the building concept here and a little bit of detail here:

The new school complex on 57th Street, located at the intersection of Second Avenue, will cover 300,000 square feet. The new building for PS 59 will have 730 seats, allowing the school to accommodate 300 more students. The new building for High School of Art and Design will have 1,400 seats, with classrooms arranged along a “gallery path” to promote student works. The entire 57th Street project will cover nearly 1,000,000 square feet, with a 59-story residential tower and 170,000 square feet of retail space.