Oddo and Matteo announce they are working with City agencies to bring new elementary school to long-vacant New Dorp site
At their request, the School Construction Authority (SCA) is negotiating to purchase acreage at the western side of 450 New Dorp Lane, a portion of the long-vacant A&P and Frank’s Nursery site; such a scenario would bring a positive use to a long unutilized site, as well as bring needed school seats to the East Shore
Staten Island, NY – Borough President James Oddo and City Council Minority Leader Steven Matteo announced today that the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) is negotiating to purchase acreage at the western side of 450 New Dorp Lane to construct a new elementary school and alleviate area overcrowding. This site formerly housed A&P and Frank’s Nursery and has been vacant for many years. This information will be presented tonight to the CEC 31.
Oddo and Matteo said, “We have had this unutilized property sitting on New Dorp Lane for a long time that has, frankly, become an eyesore. At the same time we need school seats on the East Shore. We connected the dots and put the Department of Education and SCA in touch with the property owner, and we’ve been working towards securing a deal to purchase it for a new school. While we are obviously aware of the traffic implications of a new school in this corridor, we believe traffic would be less than it previously was when the property was utilized, and it would certainly be less than possible new commercial uses on the site. In addition, if this deal comes to fruition we will work with SCA to mitigate traffic as much as practicable, including situating the school so that buses queue on the site and not in the street. The fact is this site will not sit vacant forever, and we hope that its end use is one that will provide the maximum benefit to the community.”