Property owner Liberty Square Realty Corp. has joined forces with public charter school network Success Academy to convert the former Bronx Borough Courthouse, located at 513 East 161st Street in the Morrisania section of the South Bronx, into a high school. To be called the Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts, it is expected to host 1,200 students when it opens for the Fall 2018 school year, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Success Academy has leased the building for 20 years. Biber Architects will be responsible for the design of the conversion. The nine-story building, located on the corner of Third Avenue, is an individual landmark. That means the Landmarks Preservation Commission must approve any exterior alterations that go into the transformation. The structure is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.