Nov. 7, 2010 Staff Report
The New York City School Construction Authority has put forward a proposal to build a 379-seat primary school at 45-46 42nd Street in Sunnyside.
The proposal aims to alleviate school overcrowding at P.S. 199 (39-20 48th Ave.), which has been a sore point for local parents for some time.
Christopher Persheff, SCA’s Queens site selection manager, told attendees at Thursday night’s Community Board 2 meeting that his office was in negotiations with the owner of the 42nd street site.
The property, which runs from 42nd through to 43rd Street (btw. Queens Blvd and 47th Ave), is currently vacant land, and was once the site of the Sunnyside Jewish Center. The dept. may also purchase additional property if it is deemed necessary.
If all goes to plan, Persheff said the school would open in Sept. 2014, with the school’s design taking shape by the end of 2012. At that point, the public will have a better idea as to the grades the new school will cater to.
Many parents at P.S. 199, according to an attendee at the Community Board meeting, are upset that 5th grade children are often forced to go to I.S. 125 (46-02 47th Ave)– and mix with 8th graders– because of overcrowding problems.