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Democracy Prep charter school growing NYC presence

The Harlem-founded Democracy Prep New York Charter School is opening a new outpost in the Bronx.

Michael Muffoletto, principal of The Brocor Group, announced the school has leased the 32,240 s/f, two-story property at 1529 – 1539 Williamsbridge Road for its newest school.

Built by local developer Anthony Martello in 1999, the property has been occupied on a NNN lease for the past 30 years by Leake and Watts Services, a not-for-profit social services agency.

Democracy Prep New York Charter School signed a two-year lease with a three-year option for the highly-visible property situated near the Hutchinson Metro Center in the Westchester Square neighborhood.


Muffoletto represented the ownership in the lease transaction. Jake Cinti, Alexander Smith and Lindsay Ornstein of Transwestern represented  DPNYCS.

Founded in 2005, Democracy Prep opened its first school in 2006. By 2009, DPCS became the highest performing school in Central Harlem and was ranked the number one public middle school in New York City.

Democracy Prep Public Schools currently operates 21 schools and one program in New York, New Jersey, Baton Rouge, Las Vegas, and San Antonio educating 6,500 scholars.   In 2016, DPPS received a second round of expansion funding from the federal government along with a mandate to educate over 10,000 scholars by the end of the 2020-21 school year.

The school continues to explore opportunities to partner with communities looking to expand the availability of high quality public school options for low-income students.

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