Renderings Posted for Large School Under Construction in Kensington

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The city is building a large K through 8 elementary and middle school on a former vacant lot at 713 Caton Avenue in Kensington, where we found these renderings on the fence. The New York City School Construction Authority is developing the five-story building, which will be 87,629 square feet, according to new building permits.

Schedule A filings reveal that the future P.S./I.S. 437 will have everything you’d expect — a gym, cafeteria, auditorium, library, offices, and three floors of classrooms. It will be finished by September 2015, according to the construction sign. Michael Fieldman of Rawlings Architects is the architect of record. The city bought the 37,000-square-foot plot between between East 7th and 8th Streets for $8,800,000 in 2011, according to public records. Here’s another construction fence rendering and some progress shots:

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City Buys Lot for Planned Kensington School [Brownstoner] GMAP

One Comment

  • There is some interesting commentary on this school over at the KensingtonBK blog: http://kensingtonbk.com/education/what-is-the-future-of-psis-437-parents-school-leaders-provide-input-to-city-doe

    The school is located in the southern portion of District 15 and there is a debate within the community as to whether it would be best served as a new stand-alone school or as an integration with and expansion of PS 130. PS 130, currently K-5, is overcrowded. It is also, according to the KensingtonBK article, the most diverse elementary school in District 15. There are concerns in the community that rezoning and bifurcating the existing PS 130 zone (such that the northern half of the PS 130 zone would remain PS 130 and the southern half would be rezoned for PS 437) would adversely affect the existing makeup of the school population – i.e. PS 130 would be more white and affluent and PS 437 would be more minority and less affluent. Creating an integrated PS 130/437 K-8 school would retain the current mix.

    As a soon to be parent and soon to be resident of this zone, I am interested to see how this turns out. Either way, it will be exciting to have a brand new school facility in an area that, while known for good schools, is severely overcrowded.