A vacant plot of land in the Centreville section of Ozone Park will be home to a brand-new elementary school in three years, if the Department of Education’s plans, which were previewed at Community Board 10 last Thursday, come to fruition.
The site — a triangle shape bordered by Albert Road, Raleigh Street and North Conduit Avenue — has always been vacant, often overgrown with tall grass and weeds in one of the few neighborhoods in Queens with space to spare.
But in recent years, developments have begun to pop up in the low-lying part of Centreville between Centreville Street, Aqueduct Race Track and Pitkin and North Conduit avenues. With the new homes have come new families, with children.
The result is more overcrowded schools and an often perilous commute to class. For students living in Centreville, the closest elementary schools are PS 63, which requires crossing Cross Bay Boulevard, and PS 146 in Howard Beach, mandating parents to drive — or walk a dangerous route — across North Conduit Avenue.