2017-06-28 / Front Page

Set Groundbreaking For School At White Castle Site

By Liz Goff
City and local officials will break ground at 2 p.m. on June 29, at a ceremony to kick-off long awaited construction of a new, 476-seat elementary school on a site in Jackson Heights that was formerly occupied by the founders of the original “belly bomb.”

The City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses and the Council Landmark Committee approved a proposal by the NYC School Construction Authority (SDA) for development of the school at the former White Castle Regional Office site on 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights.

The new school, PS 398Q, will accept students from Pre-K to fifth grade, providing much-needed seats in heavily overcrowded District 30.

The typical cost of building a new school is $100,000 per seat, with an estimated cost of approximately $45 million, school officials said. That $45 million price tag is on top of $6.3 million needed to purchase the site, officials said.

The five-story, 65,000-square-foot building at 69-00 34th Avenue, will feature a rooftop garden, music and art classrooms and a science resource room, officials said.

The school is scheduled to open in September 2019, barring construction or other municipal delays, officials said.





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