Community voices disapproval after unanimous City Council vote for Bay Terrace school


The City Council recently greenlit a controversial plan to build a 572-seat public school in northeast Queens, despite many voicing their disapproval within the community.

Earlier this month at the Dec. 9 New York City Stated Council Meeting, Council members unanimously voted in favor of the proposal to build a school at 24th Avenue and Waters Edge Drive in Bay Terrace. Back in June, a majority of Community Board 7 voted against building the school, with many citing overcrowding, threats of flooding and increased traffic as major issues.

Last week, Assemblyman Edward Braunstein expressed disappointment that the city did not address the community’s concerns before moving forward with the project.

“First and foremost, the community expressed concerns about environmental impacts and how the traffic increase and transportation needs will be addressed. Only after the school received approval by the City Council did my office receive an abbreviated State Environmental Quality Review, which cites ‘significant’ anticipated impacts on local traffic and parking conditions. The report draws this conclusion under the assumption that nearly all students will reside within a half mile of the school, and that 41% of students would walk to school,” Braunstein said.