Dec. 6, 2012 By Christian Murray
Details of the planned elementary school at 45-46 42nd Street (Queens Blvd. and 47th Ave.) were revealed Thursday night at the Community Board 2 meeting.
The school, to be called PS 313, will be 5 stories high, constructed of red brick and will include a clock tower. The red-brick exterior of the building is expected to be in keeping with the look of neighboring properties.
The school will include a full library, art room and science facilities. It will also include a gymnatorium, which combines the auditorium space with the gym.
“The School Construction Authority has maximized the limited site space, which is 40 feet wide by 180 feet deep,” said Jean Carubia, the chair of the education committee. For instance, the play yard will be on the roof.
The site is currently vacant land—and goes from 42nd through to 43rd Street. The main entrance to the school will be on 42nd Street.
The school, which will be 75,000 sqf, will be constructed with some green building features—which include glazing that will make the rooms cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Furthermore, the windows will be positioned to allow more natural light to come through—reducing the need for electricity.
PS 313 is scheduled to open in September 2014 and is expected to alleviate overcrowding at nearby PS 199. The School Construction Authority is expected to break ground at the beginning of 2013.
The Department of Education has yet to determine whether the school will offer gifted & talented programs or dual language programs.
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