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Parents Praise Decision Not To Demolish Two UWS Schools

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Parents are cheering the city's decision not to demolish two beloved Upper West Side public schools, but the city is going through with plans to knock down and redevelop a school on the East Side.

Plans were in the works to sell P.S. 199 and P.S. 191 to developers, who were planning on building luxury apartments.

Those buildings would house new elementary schools inside.

Advocacy groups and PTA members strongly protested the plans, and Friday, the city said it would not go through with them.

"It really would have squandered the school resources that the DOE has, which is a crime," said parent Melanie Brazil. "That's really an outrageous proposition."

"If this was about education, if it was about increasing seats in the neighborhood, this was not the way to go about it," said David Saphier, a community organizer. "You don't build more residential units in an area when what you want to do is try to deal with an overcrowding issue in the schools. It just doesn't make sense."

The Department of Education said it has instead decided to demolish and redevelop the School of Cooperative Technical Education on East 96th Street.

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