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Notice Of Acceptance Of Final EIS

New York City (Staten Island) County - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed I.S./H.S. 43, Staten Island (New Building). The action involves the New York City Department of Education (DOE), the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) proposing the site selection, acquisition, acceptance of construction funding, and construction of a new, approximately 1,652-seat intermediate/high school facility and associated recreational facilities in the Heartland Village section of Staten Island.

The proposed new facility would be built on approximately 13 acres of vacant undeveloped property located on the west side of Essex Drive south of Richmond Hill Road (Block 2450, Lots 80, 320 & 600). The proposed school facility would be located on the block bounded by property occupied by P.S. 58 (located at 77 Marsh Avenue), Westport Street, Essex Drive, and Devon Loop/Elmwood Park Drive. As part of this project, the SCA would acquire, develop, and open the privately-owned and undeveloped segment of Westport Street (Block 2450, Lot 85) to facilitate access to the new school.

The proposed facility would be located in the DOE’s Region No. 7/Community School District No. 31, and is expected to serve the residents of the surrounding area as well as to provide additional school capacity within Staten Island. The proposed project would be undertaken pursuant to DOE’s Five-Year Capital Plan for Fiscal Years 2005-2009.

According to preliminary plans, the proposed new school facility would contain approximately 194,000 gross square feet within a four-story structure. The new facility would contain general education classrooms; science demonstration rooms and laboratories; art and music rooms; auditorium; library; gymnasium; cafeteria and kitchen; administrative and support space; and, facilities for District 75 students. The new facility would accommodate one organization serving intermediate school students and two organizations serving high school students, and would also accommodate Special Education students. The main entrance for high school students and the main drop-off area would be located off Essex Drive, while the entrance/drop-off area for District 75 students would be located off Westport Street. The entrance for intermediate school students would be located off an internal roadway near Devon Loop.

Contact: Ross J. Holden, New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101-3045, phone: (718) 472-8220.