44th Avenue Charter School, Long Island City, NY

Environmental Assessment and Supplemental Studies for a Charter School in Long Island City

Serving as the Environmental Consultant to Barone Management, LLC, Equity prepared an Environmental Assessment Statement and Supplemental Studies for a NYC Board of Standards and Appeals Special Permit application (BSA Cal. No. 2018-109-BZ) pursuant to Section 73-19 of the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York. The project is currently under review with the Board of Standards and Appeals, and seeks to permit a Use Group (UG 3) charter School— Our World Neighborhood Charter School Middle School (OWNCS 1) and OWNCS 3 Elementary School — to occupy a portion of a 3-story building that is currently under construction as-of-right at the Premises, 9-03 44th Road in the Hunters Point Neighborhood of Long Island City Queens.  The Premises is located within an M1-4 zoning district where UG 3 schools are not permitted as-of-right pursuant to ZR Section 42-10.

Pursuant to the Proposed Action, the school would occupy approximately 13,730 sq. ft. of the ground floor level of the building at the Premises fronting 44th Rd. and 10th St., and the second and third floor levels in entirety. The remaining portion of the ground floor – approximately 27,131.83 sq. ft. of floor area fronting 44th Ave., 44th Rd., 9th St. and 10th St. – would be occupied by as-of-right light industrial/commercial use, currently contemplated as warehouse space, retail space, materials storage, and distribution.  At full grade capacity, the school would accommodate approximately 708 students in K-8th grade and 120 faculty members.

Equity developed trip generation characteristics for the transportation assessment by extracting and referencing Department of Education (DOE) Office of Pupil Transportation Automate the Schools (ATS) data for metro card and yellow school bus users at an existing OWNCS location, and information derived from Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyses on OWNCS student’s within walking distance of the existing school locations. A detailed school safety operations assessment, auto-turn analyses to assess the feasibility of curb-extensions on all four corners of the bounding intersections of the premises, and recommendations on arrival and dismissal protocols were also performed as part of the Environmental Assessment.

This complex project required safety considerations related to the mix of ground floor warehouse and school use, which was addressed through a combination of building electrical controls (in ground warning lights and overhead pedestrian warning signs) employed in the ground floor building bays of the warehouse use and activated by exterior mounted motion detectors, school stewards and safety officers, proposed signage modifications, pavement markings, and geometric modifications, and a carefully considered arrival and dismissal protocol.

Project Components

  • City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR)
  • Environmental Assessment
  • NYC Board of Standards and Appeals Special Permit
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  •  DOT School Safety Division

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