Nyack College Postpones Rockland Campus Shutdown

John Jordan | February 2019

Nyack College’s New York City campus at 2 Washington St. in Lower Manhattan.

NANUET—Nyack College has announced it will postpone the planned relocation of its undergraduate programs from its campus in Rockland County to Lower Manhattan until early 2020.

In an announcement to students on the college’s website, Nyack College president Michael G. Scales stated that the college had delayed the planned relocation of its undergraduate program to the spring semester of 2020.

The college did report however, that the planned move of the college’s graduate programs and the Alliance Theological Seminary to its Manhattan campus at 2 Washington St. in Lower Manhattan will proceed as originally planned for the fall 2019 semester.

Last November, Nyack College revealed it would relocate all undergraduate and graduate programs, including the Alliance Theological Seminary, to Manhattan by the fall semester 2019. In addition, the college at the time stated it was putting its 107-acre campus at 1South Blvd. in Nyack on the market for sale. The college stated that it secured approval of the campus relocation from the New York State Board of Regents last month.

Scales noted in his message to students that the college is finalizing an agreement to acquire a property in Jersey City that will become the college’s residential facility for undergraduate students. On its website, Nyack College identified its Jersey City student housing property as 150 Bay St. in the Powerhouse Arts District. The Jersey City property will accommodate approximately 400 students.

He blamed the delay in the relocation of the undergraduate program to Manhattan at least in part to work underway on student housing. The delay also provides undergraduate students the certainty of having classes and if needed housing at its Rockland County campus for the entire fall 2019 semester.

“First, it is clear that it will require additional time for us to finalize the acquisition of the Jersey City property that will become our residential facility for undergraduate students,” Scales stated in his letter to students. “Let me repeat, we are finalizing this agreement and the property in Jersey City will be a wonderful part of your undergraduate experience at Nyack College.”

The college stated that it expects the work on the student housing to be completed in time for the spring 2020 semester.

“Make no mistake…Nyack College and ATS is moving forward with repositioning all programs to our Manhattan campus,” Scales stated. “There is no turning back. And God has affirmed this decision in numerous ways. Still, this adjustment to our plan provides the best possible stewardship of the Jersey City opportunity and more importantly, this adjustment best meets the needs of the students God has entrusted to us.”

The college has hired CBRE to market the property, but would only report that the sale of the property is progressing as planned. “However, Nyack’s shift to New York City is not contingent on the sale being final,” the college noted in a prepared statement.

John Jordan
Editor, Real Estate In-Depth