Oct. 11, by Nathaly Pesantez
A public hearing has been scheduled toward the end of October to discuss the two elementary schools slated to be built as part of the Hunters Point South development.
The meeting, organized by Community District Education Council 30, will take place Oct. 24 at 6:00 p.m., and will be located at I.S. 78 at 46-08 5th St. The public, allotted a speaking time of three minutes per person and with a preference for scheduled speakers, will be able to give feedback to the district on the two schools to be built on parcel C and parcel F of the the remaining massive waterfront development.
Requests for speaking time should be received by the Community District Education Council’s Office via email at [email protected] or by phone at 718-391-8380 at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.
The school in parcel C, built within 33,933 square-feet of space, has an address of 1-50 54th Ave., and will have 572 seats. The school at parcel F, between 2nd Street and 57th Ave, will expand to 43,464 square-feet of space, and will seat 612 students. Both schools will have playgrounds on ground level and will be situated near apartment complexes.
Michael Mirisola and Kelly Murphy, both from the School Construction Authority, presented plans for the two schools during an Oct. 5 Community Board 2 and took questions from the board on the proximity of the schools to one another and the fact that both are opening as elementary schools.
Mirisola explained that the schools are simply being built on available property, and are a response to present and future needs, a maximum of 10 years out, for the area determined by demographics experts.
But some board members expressed concerns over where the children who complete elementary education at those schools will go afterward, and asked if any locations for middle schools are being looked at for the neighborhood.
Mirisola repeated that the city looks at what the numbers show 10 years out, but added that the Department of Education is looking into the development at 44th drive as a place to build a middle school.
In conjunction with the public hearing, 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