City bids on old Mercy campus to ease overcrowding at Christopher Columbus

The city is bidding on the old campus of Mercy College in hopes of using it to ease overcrowding at Christopher Columbus High School.

The plan calls for as many as 630 students, mainly incoming ninth-graders, to fill the empty classrooms.

School officials held a public hearing Thursday night to get input from the Morris Park community, even though it has already placed a bid on the $3 million property. Many Bronx homeowners are opposed, fearing teenagers in the neighborhood will terrorize the elderly and lower property values.

Officials at Christopher Columbus say the fear is unfounded; the students will be hand-selected academic achievers.

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