Construction will begin on the new elementary school located at 45-46 42nd Street (Queens Blvd. and 47th Ave.) at the beginning of 2013, according to the School Construction Authority.
The school, to be called PS313, will cater to about 440 students and is expected to open by September 2014. The site is currently vacant land (between 42nd and 43rd Streets), which was once the site of the Sunnyside Jewish Center. The proposal was first presented to the public in November 2010.
The new school is part of city’s attempt to alleviate school overcrowding in the Sunnyside/Woodside area. It should ease some of the overcrowding at PS 199 (39-20 48th Ave.), which has been a sore point for local parents for some time.
The Sunnyside and Woodside neighborhoods have many overcrowded schools. For instance, PS150 is at 110% capacity, PS 11 is at 126% and PS 152 is at 120%. Meanwhile, IS 125 continues to be dotted with school trailers.
The School Construction Authority announced earlier this year that it plans to build a new 440-seat elementary school at 39th Ave. and 57th Street, called PS 339, which should open by September 2015.
Furthermore, the city will add an additional 300 seats to PS11 by constructing an annex on the site.
Councilman JimmyVan Bramer, who has been a strong advocate for new schools, is pleased by the progress of the School Construction Authority. “I have been pushing hard for all of this since I got into office.”