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Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park graphic: what's built/what's coming + FAQ (pinned post)

School Construction Authority update: middle-school located in Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park tower due to open in September 2024 (not March). Once slated for 2018.

I reported last month that the 812-seat middle-school occupying the first six floors, plus below-ground space, at the B15 tower--just across Sixth Avenue from the Barclays Center--was as of then due in March 2024, according to the School Construction Authority (SCA). 

And that suggested that I.S. 653--called by backers MS OneBrooklyn--wouldn't open until the 2024-25 school year, a year later than the previous prediction of September 2023.  

Ineed, in a presentation last night to the Community Education Council of District 13, the SCA's Tamar Smith said that the school had been pushed back a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Her slide, excerpted above, indicated that the school would be occupied by September 2024. That's approximately three years after when the first residents of the rental apartment tower might move in. The completion of the school might thus be disruptive to those living above noisy construction.

New address: 491 Dean Street?

Smith's slides also indicated that the school has the address of 491 Dean Street. The reason for that was not stated, but that may be the entrance for the school's office. 

Students are expected to enter along Sixth Avenue, a longer axis for the building, while residents likely will enter on Pacific Street, to the north. 

The building has been referred to in previous plans as 37 Sixth Avenue, 662 Pacific Street, and 664 Pacific Street. The building has 30% "affordable," or income-targeted, units.

Previous timing

That previous September 2023 date for the school had been pushed back a year, And that's well past the original schedule for the building, which was unveiled in 2015, then delayed. 

As I wrote, an August 2016 letter from Empire State Development head Howard Zemsky to Assemblymember Walter Mosley, stated "A district wide middle school is also expected to open in the Fall of 2018."

That was dubious, given that the B15 tower had not launched by then. So this conforms to a pattern of overoptimistic predictions about timing with Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park.

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