Boricua College was founded to meet the educational needs of Puerto Ricans and other Spanish-speaking students. The school held its first classes in 1974 and as of 2008 it had around 1,200 students on two campuses - one in Manhattan's Audobon Terrace and the other in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Boricua Village is a 4.5 acre development the college is building on lots of city-owned land between 163rd Street, 161st Street, Elton Avenue and Third Avenue. The project will include 750 units of affordable housing, a small community high school, retail space and a 14-story tower for Boricua College, giving the school the capacity to more than double its current enrollment while "revitalizing" formerly dormant land.
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