Oct. 10, 2019 By Allie Griffin
The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) has started construction on a new 180-seat addition to the P.S. 2 school building in Astoria.
The $29 million addition to the elementary school at 75-10 21st Ave is anticipated to open in September 2021 and will include four new Pre-K classrooms, four Kindergarten classrooms and one regular classroom, as well as an art room, music room, exercise room and supervisory offices.
The new construction will replace a one-story modular building that was meant to be a temporary fix when it was added to P.S. 2 in 1997 to bring additional classrooms to the over-capacity school. Instead, the modular structure remained in use for decades.
“The era of temporary classrooms in western Queens is finally ending,” Council Member Costa Constantinides said. “Every student deserves to learn in a constructive, stable environment, which is exactly what we’re providing with this new school addition.”
The new addition will have central air, be fully ADA accessible and provide accessibility to the existing building.
“We’re proud to bring this new facility to the P.S. 2 community where our youngest students will now have the appropriate space and environment to learn and grow,” said Lorraine Grillo, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City School Construction Authority.
The building was designed through a collaboration with the SCA and Kenny and Khan Architects PC.
“Every child deserves a first-class instructional setting that stimulates and encourages learning,” Borough President Melinda Katz said. “This addition to P.S. 2 will provide more of the high-quality classroom space we have long sought as we continue to address school overcrowding and eliminate the use of temporary classrooms in Queens.”
Couldn’t have asked for a better day to break ground on the new addition to P.S. 2, which will replace the modular building that just wasn’t the same. Thank you to Principal Goldman, @NYC_SCA and all our community partners for making this happen for our students! pic.twitter.com/fTWUOrML4K
— Costa Constantinides (@Costa4NY) October 10, 2019