See you in September.
Despite a decision this week by Pace University to pull 500 students out of their dormitory on Clark Street, the 800-bed facility will likely be busy again when the fall semester starts.
“Like nature, real estate abhors a vacuum,” said Rob Perris, district manager of Community Board 2. “I seriously doubt that this building will remain vacant.”
Pace announced the move last week, prompting speculation about the future of the dormitory, which is at 55 Clark St. But this week, the company that runs the facility promised that it would be business as usual in the new school year.
“The Clark Street building is one of our premier student housing residences,” said Joan Cear of Educational Housing Services, which runs Clark Hall and other doms throughout the city. “It will definitely be filled with college students come the fall.”
Students from a dozen other schools are housed in the building, added Cear, so Pace’s slots will be easy to fill.
Pace, meanwhile, is moving its students to a fancy new building on John Street, near the university’s campus in Manhattan.
“We were very happy on Clark Street, but we’re also looking forward to creating a more unified downtown campus,” said university spokesman Chris Cory.
Proximity to campus is good news for students. The bad news? Their housing will cost $2,000 more.
“It sucks that we have to pay more,” said one student. “But it’ll be nice to live in Manhattan. It’s nice here, but too quiet.”
So much for turning Brooklyn Heights into a college town.
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