Controversial Plan to Convert 179-Year-Old Synagogue Moves Forward

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A 14-story residential tower will soon be replacing a 179-year-old synagogue located in the Upper West Side.

Although many members of the local community protested against this development, Congregation Shaare Zedek and synagogue president Michael Firestone stated that they fear that if they do not collaborate with the developers now, they will face even more serious financial strains in the near future.

Now that the project is moving forward, it is planned to bring 20 condos to 93rd street plus a 9,350-square-foot community center on three floors of the building, within the 39,543 square-foot site.

Nothing is finalized yet, but Shaare Zedek is planning to lease the ground level of the property for about $34.3 million, while keeping a portion of the synagogue.