July 28, By Jason Cohen
A large preschool center will be opening in Astoria on the ground floor of a new residential complex on 31st Street.
The Learning Experience, which has more than 200 centers in 19 states, is taking space in a building called “Astoria Central,” a seven-story 114-unit apartment complex located at 31-53 31st Street that opened earlier this year.
Nick Vanella, executive vice president of real estate at TLE, said that the pre-school is renting 11,333-square-feet. According to the Commercial observer, TLE signed a 15-year lease for the space, which includes a 1,320-square-foot outdoor playground.
Vanella said there is no set opening date, but the plan is for it to be ready by the beginning of 2018. According to Vanella, “the company chose the location in Astoria because of the demographics and its proximity to Broadway and the N and W subway.”
The center, which serves children ages six weeks to 5-years-old, focuses on reading, science, math, music and technology. The company also offers before and after-school programs and a summer camp.