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New Sunnyside School Will Have Rooftop Play Space

SUNNYSIDE — A new, $57 million school coming to the neighborhood will include a clock tower and a rooftop play space, according to design plans presented at a recent community board meeting.

Renderings of the future P.S. 313, one of several new school buildings coming to the neighborhood to relieve overcrowding, show a five-story red brick structure with a fenced in rooftop, attached to taller, narrower section with a clock tower on top.

The elementary school will be constructed on vacant land at 45-46 42nd St., between Queens Boulevard and 47th Avenue, flanked by an existing seven-story apartment building on one side and a row of low-rise brick homes on the other.

Designs for the project on the website of Macrae-Gibson Architects say the 75,000-square-foot facility will include a gymatorium, cafeteria, kitchen, 20 classrooms, art and science classrooms and a library.

There will also be a rooftop playground and a separate early childhood play area, according to a description of the project, as well as an interior courtyard.

The project will cost an estimated $57 million and should be completed around June of 2014, according to a Department of Education spokeswoman. The school will serve about 430 elementary school students in Queens school district 24, one of the most crowded districts in the city.

Elementary schools in Sunnyside and Woodside have had notoriously packed classrooms for years, city officials said last month.

Another new school, P.S. 339, is slated to open in 2015 in Woodside at 57th Street and 39th Avenue and will house 470 students.

P.S. 11 in Woodside, where extra students have been housed in portable trailer classrooms, is also set to get an annex that will provide seats for 300 students.