CLINTON HILL — A Bed-Stuy charter school is looking to construct a new building for its high-schoolers in Clinton Hill.
Unity Preparatory Charter School presented plans to build a seven-story high school at 32 Lexington Ave., between Grand and Classon avenues, within the next two years, founder Josh Beauregard told Community Board 2 last week.
The school first filed plans with the Department of Buildings last September to construct the building.
The charter launched in 2013 and currently serves its sixth- through eight-graders at a building it shares with P.S. 44 in Bed-Stuy. Its ninth-graders share space with Brownsville Academy High School in Brownsville.
Beauregard, who called the current configuration “less than ideal,” said he is looking to open the Clinton Hill location in two years, by the time the school’s current freshman are juniors.
The new building would eventually house about 400 ninth- through 12th-graders, many of which live within a mile radius of the new building, he said.
“This would offer us exactly what our families and kids envision,” Beauregard said.
The new building would include 20 classrooms, a first-floor dining hall with an auditorium, and a gym on the top floor. There would also be a patio area where students can eat their lunch, according to plans presented last week.
“With regard to the space, it offers everything we would need,” Beauregard explained. “We would have to make some adjustments with regard to the space available to make this all work.
The new school would be built on a parking lot owned by affordable housing advocacy group IMPACCT Brooklyn, behind an existing building at 15 Quincy St.
Community Board 2's Land Use Committee voted 10-0 with one abstention to approve a rezoning of the property, allowing the school to build a slightly larger building than what is allowed under the current zoning.
The building is being designed by the Connecticut-based Partners for Architecture and developed by Manatus Development Group.
The rezoning application will go before the full community board for a vote on March 8 and requires approval from the Board of Standards and Appeals to move forward.