Oct. 11, by Nathaly Pesantez
A new five-story middle school is set to be built on the border of North Corona and East Elmhurst, near the Flushing Bay promenade, according to building records.
The school, located at 111-12 Astoria Blvd., will be called P.S. 419 and will rise to a height of 72 feet. The school comes complete with a cafeteria at the lower level, classrooms on all floors, office space, a gymnasium and auditorium in a multipurpose room on the third floor, and a library at the top floor. Combined, the new school will have 76,588 square-feet of space.
The middle school, which will also come with a playground, will seat 646 students in grades six through eight, and will be part of school district 24, according to Ben Goodman, a spokesperson for the School Construction Authority. The SCA anticipates starting construction in summer 2018, and the cost of construction will be released once a construction contract is awarded, Goodman said.
Plans were filed back in September to demolish the current two-story structure on the lot.
The new school joins several area schools located south of Astoria Boulevard, including P.S. 143 and P.S. 92 just blocks away in a school-dense area that trickles into North Corona. The school is also an addition to the East Elmhurst neighborhood, which has fewer schools than North Corona.
Update 10/11 5:45 p.m. – Article updated with information on the type of school, seats, and anticipated construction from the SCA.