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New 1,000 Seat High School Proposed for Former Sports Authority Site

The former Sports Authority site. (Photo: QueensPost)

Aug. 29, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

A new school could soon be coming to the Woodside area.

The School Construction Authority, the agency in charge of building schools, is proposing a 1,000 seat high school at 51-30 Northern Blvd., the large lot that currently sees the shut-down Sports Authority store.

The lot area totals more than 82,000 square feet, and is within school district 30, which stretches from Long Island City and Astoria to Woodside and parts of Jackson Heights. It is unclear, however, if the school will be built on the entire lot.

The lot outline for 51-30 Northern Blvd. (Google Maps)

SCA records from February 2018, along with city council capital budget records, show the high school is part of the agency’s five-year capital plan for fiscal year 2015 to 2019, with funding to also roll over to the next agency plan for 2020 to 2024.

The high school is expected to seat 1,016 students, with construction possibly starting as soon as April 2019 and wrapping up in June 2023.

The estimated cost for the school is roughly $112 million.

The sporting goods store closed some time in 2016, when the Colorado-based company liquidated all of its U.S. locations.

The Northern Boulevard site was soon proposed by many locals as a location for a new middle school school.

But the SCA decided to build a middle school on Barnett Avenue, leaving the former Sports Authority lot open for consideration.

Records show that the Northern Boulevard site is currently owned by Pine Tree Realty Corp, a commercial real estate development company.

The high school, along with dozens of other projects, are part of the agency’s plan to add capacity across the city.

The SCA will give a presentation on the proposed school site in the upcoming Community Board 2 meeting on Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m., located at 41-31 39th St.

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Vin Dieselsmoke

Finally something that is needed to be built on this site. The existing High Schools are already overused and this location is convienient to Public Transportation and will not damage the “Quality of Life” for residents of the area, as will the proposed Junior High School on 48th Street at 39th Avenue in Sunnyside. The Sunnyside project will be a disaster due to the vehicular traffic in a residential area.

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