Jackson Heights Post
The owner of the homeless shelter at the former Pan American hotel
has filed plans to build a school on an adjacent site, according to
David Levitan, one of the largest homeless shelter landlords in the
city, has filed plans with the Department of Buildings to construct a
4-story school at 79-20 Queens Blvd in Elmhurst, on the lot directly
next to the 79-00 Queens Blvd. shelter that he also owns.
Levitan, who is listed as the property owner on record, filed the plans on Nov. 22 to build the 39,764-square-foot school.
The school will house at least 18 classrooms, as well as multiple
science labs, a music room, a fine arts room, a media lab, a teachers
lounge, a cafeteria and kitchen, a rooftop play area and several
offices, according to the plans.
The building will reach 53 feet in height, according to building
plans. The plan makes no mention of whether the school will be public or
The school will sit next to the shelter, as Levitan bought a number of properties along the strip.
Levitan bought three sites — 79-20 Queens Blvd., 79-14 Queens Blvd.
and 79-13 51st Ave. — next to the former hotel for $3,750,000 in April
2014, months after he brought the hotel site for $23,100,000 in January
2014, according to city records. He bought each lot from Panamendel
Wow. Apparently, with over tens of thousands of homeless children attending school, something like this was inevitable. The tale of two cities continues...