From the Times Newsweekly:
The City Council passed resolutions last Thursday, July 28 regarding two Corona school sites that the School Construction Authority (SCA) has pushed over the objections of Community Board 4 and members of the Fire Department.
One site, a proposed 800-seat elementary/ intermediate school to be located at 97-36 43rd Ave., was voted down at Board 4’s Feb. 2, 2010 meeting due to complaints from members of the FDNY and NYPD—including Roger Montesano of the FDNY’s Community Affairs unit—that school buses and other traffic would impede responses to emergencies. Board 4 also noted the school site’s proximity to a nearby poultry slaughterhouse.
The other site, a proposed 1,100- seat elementary school at 96-18 43rd Ave., was voted down at Board 4’s May 10 meeting due to similar complaints from Vincent Mavaro, the commander of FDNY Battalion 46.
Both the FDNY and NYPD claim to use 44th Avenue, a relatively narrow road, as a main street to get to emergencies. The headquarters of Engine Co. 289 and Ladder Co. 138 are located near the schools.
However, in written testimony submitted to the City Council’s Committee on Land Use, both the School Construction Authority and the City Planning Commission recommended construction of the schools.