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CB9M Office to Move

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CB9M Office to Move
By Melissa Repko
Issue date: 1/24/07 Section: News

Community Board 9 will be forced to leave its current office later this year, and it is currently searching for a new home.

The board's current meeting spot at 565 W. 125th St., a city-owned building, will be converted to a housing development fund cooperative available to tenants for purchase.

A search committee comprised of four people is currently looking for possible office locations within the district, which stretches from 110th to 155th streets between Morningside Avenue and the Hudson River. According to CB9 chairman Jordi Reyes-Montblanc, the board hopes to find and move into a new space by the beginning of July. He said that the committee has not yet considered any particular locations in detail.

Reyes-Montblanc declined to release the names of the four search committee members. "I don't want any attention given to those people while they are doing the job," he said. "It's a difficult job as it is, and the last thing they need is having every landlord in town coming after them.

"The search committee will consider the space's size, accessibility, and price, Reyes-Montblanc said. He added that he anticipates the new office will have less square footage but more technological capabilities.

"A new location will allow us to take advantage of the new technology we have and make it more viable," he said.

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