"School district sells Beacon Studios to gallery owner with plans for art museum"
BEACON — The Beacon City School District has sold the former high school, also known as Beacon Studios, to New York City gallery owner Ethan Cohen.
William Zopf, president of the school board, said that the sale took place Jan. 7 at a price of $1.2 million.
The board has placed the proceeds in a reserve fund to buffer the tax impact of likely drops in state aid to the district, Zopf said.
Cohen said in a phone interview Friday that he and his partner, Zhu Ceng, plan to call the building the MOCA Beacon Art Community, with MOCA standing for museum of contemporary art.
Their vision involves a combination of commercial, residential and nonprofit uses, including an extension of his New York City gallery, an internationally themed museum for contemporary art, and rental spaces for artists.
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