DOE pull backs on Bayside Hills school
by Shane Miller
Jul 24, 2013 | 547 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bayside Hills residents opposed to the construction of a new school in their neighborhood got a temporary reprieve.

The City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses was originally scheduled to hold a public hearing on the proposed 416-seat elementary school on 48th Avenue between 210th and 211th streets this past Monday, July 22.

However, due to pressure from State Senator Tony Avella, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, and the community, the Department of Education has agreed to postpone the review process and meet with the elected officials.

“I am pleased that the Department of Education has begun listening to our concerns and is willing to meet with us regarding this proposal and its implications for the community,” said Avella at a rally held last Friday. “I am hopeful that we will be able to convince them that this is not an appropriate site for an elementary school and to seek viable alternatives.”

The owners of the site, where Keil Brothers is currently located, are selling it to the School Construction Authority. The new school would be facing the backyards of 31 homes. P.S. 31 is also just a few blocks away.

“Frankly, this proposal makes no sense,” said Avella. “A school at this location will significantly alter the quality of life of residents, including creating considerable traffic and parking concerns.”

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