|Vol. 11, No. 15
||August 13 -
School Construction Zones
By MATTHEW COREY
In our last issue we reviewed the
many school construction and repair projects
underway in our communities. Following is more
information regarding the work
at local schools.
This dilapidated East 207th Street elementary school will
massive $1.56 million facelift.
In addition to all 140
windows and the roof being replaced, several parapets
and two interior staircases will also be rebuilt. The
project is slated to
finish in August 1999.
PS 56 will also have a
new boiler by March 1999, according to the New York
City School Construction Authority (SCA).
Originally not designated for the first round of boiler
replacements, the Van Cortlandt Village school got pushed
to the head of the
list, at the insistence of Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz,
when noxious fumes
emitted by the boiler caused an evacuation this spring.
The modern boilers are
being funded by a state bond issue. Fred Winters, an
SCA spokesman, said design of the new heater will be
completed in November
with construction to begin in December.
We will begin the
heating season with the temporary boiler, said
Irushalmi, director of special projects for District 10.
Its possible there
could be a conversion before the end of the heating
The SCA has awarded the contract for the new middle
school, to be
located on Washington Avenue in Belmont but servicing
children from PS 46, PS
246, and the future PS 54 in Fordham Bedford. The
Canron Innovax, has built many schools for the city,
according to Winters, and
had the green light to start work on July 1.
manager Lloyd Stark reported his company is waiting for
excavation permit to start work, and may use this
interval to clear the site
and dig a test pit, a hole used to find
underground rock before construction
As of the end of July, contractor Leon D. Matteis had
percent of the new 600-seat elementary school on Webster
Avenue, Winters said.
The project is on schedule for substantial completion in
February 1999 and
final completion (the fixing of any errors
found by SCA inspectors) by April
Computer Lab and Windows: MS 80 on Mosholu
Parkway is getting a new computer lab, earmarked for the
school by City Councilwoman June M. Eisland in a 1996
member item. The project was originally scheduled for
completion last September. The delays were due to the
last-minute disqualification of the original contractor,
according to the SCA.
The replacement of the
first 178 of the almost 800 windows at MS 80 will be
complete by the beginning of the school year, according
to SCA spokeswoman
A 493-seat modular addition to the main school will allow
which is crammed into too little space in the same
building as MS 80, to have
its own facilities in the schoolyard.
The project has begun
and will continue throughout the coming school year.
Canron Innovax, the same company that is building MS 254,
has dug a massive
pit in the school yard and has extended fencing at the
side of the school onto
Four red portable
classrooms that have been uprooted to make room for the
addition now abut the Rochambeau Avenue side of the yard,
separated from the
construction by a fence. Both Winters and Irushalmi
confirmed they would be
repositioned and used for PS 280 classes until the
addition is finished.
Winters said strict
measures were being taken to protect children and school
staff during construction.
eight ways to Sunday, Winters said. [At PS
280], the kids
will be separated and safe from the construction.
Because of the fencing,
Winters said he saw no safety reasons to stop
construction while PS 280 was in
session, but noise problems would fall under the
judgement of the buildings
When called for comment
this week, no one answered the phone at PS 280 or MS 80.
Speaking for the district administration, Irushalmi
pledged a zero
tolerance policy against safety threats and
noxious fumes, extreme noise anything that is a
health or safety
concern the work wont go on, Irushalmi
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