September 20, by Nathaly Pesantez
Details have emerged on the two elementary schools slated to be constructed as part of phase two of the Hunters Point South development.
The schools, to be built within parcels C and F of the remaining massive waterfront development, will seat over 500 students each. The city announced that two schools would be included in the development last year.
The school grounds in parcel C will be built within 33,933 square-feet of space, and will be near 2nd Street and 54th Avenue. The school will be free-standing, and will have 572 seats. In addition, a school playground will be built on ground level.
Parcel F, the site near what will be 2nd Street and 57th Avenue, about three blocks from the school at parcel C, will also have a stand-alone school building within an area of 43,363 square-feet. The school will seat 612 students, and will have a playground built on ground level as well.
Both schools will be situated near apartment complexes in the parcels.
Michael Mirisola, director of external affairs for the School Construction Authority (SCA), said designs for both schools are ready to begin, and that the project has officially entered a 45-day public comment period.
“These both were not easy to get moving,” Mirisola said at the CB2 Land Use meeting on Tuesday. “We are working with all these other city agencies to bring this to bear.”
Kelly Murphy, director of real estate services at the SCA, said the SCA would go to City Council for approval some time in November.
Overall progress on parcels C and F of the development site have been slow, with the HPD saying that they are still waiting on an update on when TF Cornerstone will break ground on its 1,200 unit tower on parcel C. The developer ran into infrastructure problems for the site after finding out about an Amtrak tunnel and power lines below.
RFPs for parcel F and G were released by HPD in 2016. The agency said it will announce the winning developers of the two sites in the coming months.
The school on parcel F, adjacent to Newtown Creek, is expected to be completed by the end of 2020, and will cost about $60 million to build, according to Lorraine Grillo, the president of the SCA.
The public can send comments on the proposed schools in parcels C and F by emailing [email protected] or by writing to the following address until Nov. 9, 2017.
New York City School Construction Authority
30-30 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, New York 11101
Att: Ross J. Holden