Citing Overcrowding, City Backs Off Ocean Av. School

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Hamodia) -

The New York City School Construction Authority has agreed to withdraw plans to construct a new public school on Ocean Avenue, acceding to a community board vote against the proposal, Councilman David Greenfield announced.

“This is an enormous victory for the residents and families of Midwood, who had valid concerns about the major impact a large school that would not be utilized by the local community would have on their neighborhood,” said Greenfield, a Brooklyn Democrat who testified against the plan at the CB14 meeting last week.

The city wanted to construct a five-story elementary school on three adjacent lots along the Ocean Avenue between Avenues L and M, next door to the Young Israel of Midwood, to service the nearby District 22.

Much of the criticism came from the fact that nearby neighborhoods face more overcrowding, and that it would make more sense to build in those neighborhoods.