Chera family sues Brooklyn private school over $24M in unpaid rent

Landlord sent school notice to vacate in February

New York /
Apr.April 15, 2021 02:30 PM
Richard and Isaac Chera with 9 Hanover Place (Getty, Google Maps)

Richard and Isaac Chera with 9 Hanover Place (Getty, Google Maps)

The Science, Language and Arts International School in Downtown Brooklyn offers classes in Mandarin and French, but allegedly failed to speak a language its landlord understands: money.

Crown Acquisitions, led by the Chera family, filed a lawsuit this week in New York State Supreme Court alleging that the private school owes $6.1 million in back rent and $18.4 million in accelerated damages.

The school inked a 10-year lease to lease 40,000 square feet at 9 Hanover Place in June 2018, according to court documents. Its annual rent started at $1.87 million and increasing throughout the term of the lease, with that figure going to $2.4 million by the 10th year. The school subsequently subleased one floor to a separate charter school.

But the landlord claims that the school has been behind on its rent payments since at least October 2018. Crown sent the school a notice of a lease termination in February, according to court documents, but it claims that the school has since refused to vacate.

The Science, Language and Arts International School was founded by Jennifer Wilkin in 2011, and has another location at 132 4th Place in Carroll Gardens. Tuition for its preschool starts at $28,100 and goes up to $32,500 for the six through eighth grades, according to its website.

Wilkin and attorneys for the school did not immediately return a request for comment.

Crown is one of the largest developers in New York and owns some of the most prominent retail properties along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. The firm’s co-founder Stanley Chera died in April 2020 of complications from the coronavirus at age 77. The firm’s day-to-day operations are now overseen by his sons Isaac and Richard.

An attorney for Crown Acquisitions declined to comment.





    Related Articles

    arrow_forward_ios
    DW Partners David Warren and 427 Marcy Avenue (Getty, DW Partners, Google Maps)
    Bizarre bankruptcy stops Brooklyn condo project foreclosure
    Bizarre bankruptcy stops Brooklyn condo project foreclosure
    Salim Assa with 15 West 55th Street
    Troubled Midtown rental saga headed for a foreclosure finale
    Troubled Midtown rental saga headed for a foreclosure finale
    Alex and Yanina Sapir, the Venetian Islands and the motion (Getty, Instagram/yanina_fu_sapir, Wikipedia/Marc Averette, Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County)
    Alex Sapir secretly attempted to sell Miami Beach home amid divorce, wife alleges
    Alex Sapir secretly attempted to sell Miami Beach home amid divorce, wife alleges
    From left: Top Agent Network CEO David Faudman, NAR president Kenny Parcell, and Attorney General Merrick Garland (Getty, Top Agent Network)
    Justice Department wants say in pocket listings case against NAR
    Justice Department wants say in pocket listings case against NAR
    Rendering of 640 Columbia Street in Red Hook, 9-11 Metrotech Center and TerraCRG's Ofer Cohen
    Brooklyn boasted $9B in investment sales last year
    Brooklyn boasted $9B in investment sales last year
    Businessman arguing with buildings
    The bickering bros: Jemals escalate battle over portfolio
    The bickering bros: Jemals escalate battle over portfolio
    188 Nelson Street and 483 13th Street
    Zero deals signed for $4M homes in Brooklyn last week
    Zero deals signed for $4M homes in Brooklyn last week
    160 Imlay Street and Living New York's Devin Someck with Fredrik Eklund and John Gomes
    Living New York bumps Eklund-Gomes off Red Hook project
    Living New York bumps Eklund-Gomes off Red Hook project
    arrow_forward_ios

    The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

    Loading...