Democracy Prep Opens New 900-Student School in the Bronx

July 10, 2024

We are excited to share the opening of Democracy Prep Public School’s new location in the Bronx at 1000 Westchester Avenue. The ground-up building provides a rich, welcoming, and diverse place for 900 Pre-K through 12 students to learn and flourish across 96,167-sf.

DBI Projects is proud to have partnered with Democracy Prep to plan and realize this vision. We supported the site search, led negotiations with the landlord, and oversaw the project through early planning, design, construction, and the TCO readiness process that ultimately enabled the school to move in. DBI team members Ester Ehrlich and Miguel Roldos were particularly critical in ensuring the team’s timely receipt of the TCO.

The new site was chosen to enable Democracy Prep students to study closer to home. Now, nearly two-thirds of high schoolers will no longer need to commute from the Bronx to Harlem to attend class!

An abundance of natural light illuminates the 40-plus classrooms that feature high ceilings and large, soundproofed windows. Color-filled outdoor play terraces, an indoor gym, acoustically padded music rooms, science rooms, art spaces, and early childhood education spaces are found throughout the building.

DBI Projects is thrilled to see students and teachers settling in this summer. Thank you to our amazing clients at Democracy Prep for the opportunity and Open Impact Real Estate, Michael Graves Architecture, GF55 Architects, Atlantic Development Group, and Bolivar Construction for making it all happen.

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Emily Puhnaty, Director of Business Development & Communications