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PS281 Rooftop - Manhattan

The SCA's Five-Year Capital Plan is the guiding tool used by the RES group in determining where new sites are needed. RES also works closely with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to understand additional needs that may arise. The Five-Year Capital Plan identifies both Community School Districts and Sub-Districts with funded need as well as Borough based analysis of High School seat need. The SCA's RES group actively searches for potential sites within these areas of need.


If you believe you know of a site that could potentially be a good candidate for a school let us know by submitting it here or email us at Sites@nycsca.org. If you are a member of the community and would like more information please contact a member of our External Affairs team.

  • Benjamin Goodman: Bronx, Queens South, and Staten Island
  • Michael Mirisola: Manhattan and Queens North
  • Tamar Smith: Brooklyn

If you are a property owner or representative and would like more information please contact Gayle Mandaro, Senior Director, Real Estate Services

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Thank you for your interest in making a referral to the SCA for a potential new school site.

We welcome all referrals and each one is evaluated by the SCA’s Real Estate Services group for potential development as a school facility. We have included below additional information on what criteria the SCA uses in order to help determine the appropriateness of a site.

If you believe your suggestion meets the criteria below, please share it with us. Either way, we will review each and every submittal made.

You can submit a site for consideration by clicking on this link or by emailing us at Sites@nycsca.org. If you are a member of the community and would like more information please contact a member of our External Affairs team.

If you are a property owner or representative and would like more information please contact Gayle Mandaro, Senior Director, Real Estate Services at (718) 472-8308 or Gmandaro@nycsca.org.

General Site Requirements/Preferences

  • Generally the SCA seeks sites which are at least 20,000 square feet of land for new schools. Larger sites that allow for adequate space at grade play space are strongly preferred.
  • A site with at least 2 street frontages, however, aditional street frontages are preferred.
  • SCA considers approximately 100,000 square foot condominium units with available outdoor play space, contiguous to the school space, in mixed use developments
  • SCA requires column-free classrooms
  • SCA requires double-heighted ceilings and column free space in the gymatorium
  • All classrooms require natural light and ventilation
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Areas Where Schools Are Needed by District  (Updated Annually)

Every three (3) years, RES issues a Request for Proposals to real estate brokers to assist RES identify suitable sites for the construction of new schools with current funded seat need. The current brokers working the RES are:

Brooklyn and Staten Island

Cornerstone Real Estate Group 
Bert Baradian, Gary Curry, Stuart Polinsky
212-768-1435

Queens Savillis Studley, 
Richard Eaddy
212-326-8656
Bronx Cushman & Wakefield
John Peters
212-841-7510
Manhattan Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Howard Kessler
212-372-2110