Jan. 21, 2021 By Allie Griffin
Construction workers have broken ground on a two-tower development that will include a new 476-seat school.
The large-scale development is going up at 69-02 Queens Blvd. and a school will occupy space in the lower levels of one of the two towers. One tower will be 15 stories, while the other 12.
The school will occupy the first four floors of the 12-story building– known as the East Tower– plus the cellar. The East Tower fronts 47th Avenue and will also contain apartments.
The 15-story building–dubbed the West Tower– will front Queens Boulevard and will include ground floor retail and apartments.
The two towers combined will contain approximately 500 rental apartments, including about 150 affordable units.
The new school will serve students from pre-K through 5th grade and have 22 classrooms and two special education classrooms.
It will also feature reading and speech resource rooms, a music room, an exercise room, a project room, library, a full cafeteria and a playground.
The school will also include guidance, medical and administrative suites for staff as well as a teacher work room, staff room, parents room.
The new building is being built as part of a public-private partnership between the SCA and Madison Realty Capital.
The realty group is constructing the building and will then turn over the space to the SCA, which will complete the build out of the school and determine an opening date at that time.
“This project is the perfect example of how government and private business partners can come together to leverage the expertise, resources, and skills to improve education by providing much-needed, state-of-the-art instructional space our children need and deserve,” SCA President and CEO Lorraine Grillo said.
The 476 seats will help ease overcrowding in School District 24, officials say.
“After a long road, I’m very pleased that we were able to work together to give this area a school to provide nearly 500 badly-needed additional seats for students,” local Council Member Robert Holden said. “New York’s most vital resource is our children, and they need all the help we can give them.”