Plans to site a Universal Pre-K program at the busy corner of 86th Street and Gatling Place will not move forward, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The mayor, at a Tuesday, February 16 town hall meeting held in Bay Ridge, said that plans for the proposed 108-seat school at 621 86th Street have been nixed due to community concern.
“There has been a specific concern raised about a potential Pre-K site at 621 86th street,” said de Blasio from the Fort Hamilton High School gymnasium. “I am here today to announce that we will not use that site.”
The space, which was once occupied by Community Board 10, sits at an oft-congested corner at the end of Bay Ridge’s 86th Street shopping strip, home to both a busy Gowanus Expressway service road and four lanes of traffic. It was opposed by locals at numerous community board and community education council meetings since the site was first proposed in early January.