SCA scraps plan to build a new high school in Bayside

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The city School Construction Authority has announced it would rescind its contract to purchase the Bayside Jewish Center along with its plans to build a 739-seat high school on the site, ending a controversy over which has been growing for months.

SCA President and CEO Lorraine Grillo issued a statement Tuesday making the announcement:

“In addition to building great schools that foster a welcoming environment for our students and families, we are laser focused on identifying appropriate locations to increase capacity in a city where space is at a premium,” Grillo said. “Unfortunat­ely, we have been unable to reach a consensus with Bayside residents and local elected officials on our proposed development site for a new high school in their neighborhood. The proposal will not be moving forward; however, we remain committed to addressing overcrowding communities face.”

This comes after Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) wrote a letter Friday, asking the SCA to halt its proposal before it went to the City Council for a vote. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) held a rally Saturday calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to put a stop to the contract. But ultimately Grillo caved in to mounting community concerns.

Reach reporter Tom Momberg by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

Updated 3:19 pm, November 24, 2015
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Winson from bayside says:
very thankful for the support from our neighborhood to rally together and oppose this ridiculous proposal.
Nov. 24, 2015, 3:55 pm
Vic from Bayside says:
"Ridiculous proposal" = We don't want kids from "other neighborhoods" here.
Nov. 24, 2015, 5:09 pm
lOU from Bayside says:
so much for schmuck Vallones contention that it was all but a done deal! Take your government back!
Nov. 24, 2015, 5:51 pm
lOU from Bayside says:
So much for schmuckVallones contention that it was a doe deal! Take your government back!
Nov. 24, 2015, 5:52 pm
George from Bayside says:
Now that we have cleared that hurdle, we can focus our energies to help the economically disadvantaged by having desperately needed affordable housing built on that site. Mayor de Blasio, are you with us?
Nov. 25, 2015, 2:13 am
disadvantaged? from Queens says:
What does disadvantaged mean? Who deserves housing that taxpayers subsidize? If you cannot afford NY, live elsewhere. Enough with the liberals spending money they do not have. If we scrap Obamacare, companies will hire and poof, housing becomes affordable.
Nov. 25, 2015, 12:17 pm
Tony from Queens says:
And they don't want a half-way house, or a waste transfer station, or a soup kitchen, or anything that will dilute the pristine purity of the neighborhood. Am I proud to live in Queens? Meh!
Nov. 27, 2015, 3:55 pm

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