As the Asian and Latino immigrant communities in Flushing grow, the sprawling neighborhood needs more schools and daycares to accommodate thousands of families with young children. The city has started to recognize that and filed plans for a new building on the current campus of P.S. 24 Andrew Jackson School, in East Flushing.
The plans call for a four-story, 121,771-square-foot school at 45-57 Union Street. The existing school looks like dozens of others across New York City—attractive, pre-war, and neo-classical, rising about three stories above the street. It wraps around a full block on Holly Avenue between Robinson and Union Streets, and the new structure would rise behind it. The building will add much needed capacity to the school, which currently has two trailers set up on its basketball courts.
A kitchen and cafeteria would fill the cellar, and portions of each floor would be devoted to classrooms and offices. The second floor would have an exercise room, and the building would also include a rooftop play area.
Neptune, N.J.-based Massa Multimedia Architects will design the school expansion, and the city’s School Construction Authority is the developer.
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