JACKSON HEIGHTS — Officials are set to break ground on construction of a new elementary school at the former White Castle regional office, which will add hundreds of new seat to the severely overcrowded district.
The new school, PS 398Q, has room for 476 students from pre-K through fifth grade — and is a highly-anticipated project given the need for seats in District 30.
Councilman Danny Dromm, who pushed for the School Construction Authority to purchase the site when it was put up for sale, will help break ground Thursdy at 2 p.m. along with Lorraine Grillo, SCA's president and CEO, and other officials.
The five-story, 65,000-square-foot building at 69-01 34th Ave. will have a rooftop garden along with music and art classrooms and a science resource room, officials said.
It's being built by Purcell Architects, who sought inspiration for the design by the neighborhood's architecture, they wrote on their website.
The school is scheduled to open by September 2019, officials said.