Seward Park High School Undergoing Facade Repairs

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 at 6:10 am by
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If you’re a huge fan of the historic Seward Park High School building at 350 Grand Street, this news might be somewhat upsetting. Its facade is just a few iron beams short of becoming jailed for the next couple years. Don’t worry, though, the structure isn’t going anywhere. Rather it’s receiving a much-needed facelift. Or, in the words of the New York City School Construction Authority – “exterior modernization.”

Asbestos abatement notices and permits first arrived onsite a few weeks ago, but that’s only part of the overall job. Notices circulated to neighbors in the immediate vicinity reveal that the project also includes window, roof, and parapet replacements, as well as masonry repair.

Below is the letter:

Dear Parents, Staff and Neighbors:

The New York City School Construction Authority wishes to advise you that exterior modernization of Seward Park High School is about to begin. The work consists of window, roof and parapet replacement as well as masonry repair. This project is expected to last until October 2015.

A portion of the project involves asbestos abatement. This work will be done after hours and on weekends, when the school is vacant of all teachers and students. The workers who are in actual contact with the materials on the roof and windows will be wearing protective suits and gear. This work will be done under a Department of Environmental Protection permit. A licensed abatement contractor will perform the removal work, and an environmental consulting firm will manage the work. Representatives of the SCA’s environmental consulting firm will be on site to make sure that the abatement contractor adheres to all regulations. The consultant will also monitor the air in the immediate area to ensure that the removal is taking place properly. Test results will be made available to the school.

To ensure for the safety of the children, the work must be done after normal school hours, on weekends adn during school breaks as needed. As you know major construction inevitable causes noise and other disruptions. During the construction activity, the SCA will strive to minimize the disruption to you and your neighbors who live around 350 Grand Street.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you should have any questions or need further information feel free to contact me at (718) 472-8082.

Michael Mirisola

Say goodbye for now. We’ll miss the open sidewalks.

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