Despite assurances from St. John’s University that there would be no new off-campus buildings going up, a six-story dormitory is currently under construction on Henley Road in Jamaica Estates. Local residents and officials are furious with the school, which has already signed a 10-year lease for the 485-bed residence hall.
St. John’s Dorm Plan Angers Neighborhood
Evelyn Altenburg’s home is right next door to the building site. “We (Jamaica Estates Association) asked St. John’s and they said they weren’t building anything. It’s a technicality. They don’t want the hassle of building and permits. So they lease these buildings, but it’s dishonest for them to deny it.”
Update from Daily News:
St. John's University leases six-story site, angering residents
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