Planned Foundling Hospital school moves closer to reality

November 29, 2011 02:40PM

The elementary school long planned for the base of the Foundling Hospital in the Flatiron District released renderings of the forthcoming facility, which is set to include a dance studio, a rooftop playground and a two-story library, DNAinfo reported.

The school will take the bottom six floors of the Foundling Hospital at 590 Sixth Avenue Near 17th Street, and serve 518 pre-school through fifth grade students under the name P.S. 340. It will have a seperate entrance from the hospital offices set above it, and is expected to finally open in September 2014.

Residents of the Chelsea-Greenwich Village-Flatiron neighborhoods have long coveted a new school to alleviate overcrowded classrooms. A school had been planned for years in the building, but budget cuts threatened its existence.

Now, it is closer than ever to becoming a reality, but not before another debate is settled. According to DNAinfo, the local community board is urging the Department of Education to designate the school a “zoned” one, restricting access only to those students who live nearby. Meanwhile, the DOE is considering a massive rezoning of the public school system, which further calls into question who it will serve. [DNAinfo]