Construction is now underway on the new Edward L. Grant School in the Bronx, which will add 433 new seats in School District 9.
Located at 1302 Edward L. Grant Highway in the the Mt. Eden section of the Bronx, the new school is scheduled to open during the 2024-2025 school year. Navillus Tile is overseeing construction, budgeted to cost $57.5 million.
The new school is part of the Jerome Avenue Rezoning initiative. Approved by the City Council in 2018, the initiative aims to build affordable housing, support businesses and create new opportunities for residents.
Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson said at the groundbreaking, “The Jerome Avenue Neighborhood Plan is something I championed during my time in the City Council, and the groundbreaking of the new Edward L. Grant School in the Bronx is not only a key element of the initiative, but it is also an important step towards investing in our future and bringing needed resources to our students.”
The new five-story school building will have fully functional air-conditioning, three pre-K classrooms, three kindergarten classrooms, 15 standard classrooms, two district special education classrooms, and reading and speech resource rooms in addition to a gymnasium, music room, art room, library and cafeteria.
The school will also have other amenities like playgrounds, exercise rooms and community rooms. The lobby will feature art from Tijay Mohammed as part of the New York City School Construction Authority’s public art for public schools program
“Excellence begins in the classroom, and state-of- the-art facilities like this one provide our students with the resources they need to excel,” said Chancellor David Banks.
The New York City School Construction Authority and the Department of Education are continuing work to upgrade several school buildings in the Bronx. This includes building a new annex for P.S. 33 on Jerome Avenue and a stand-alone gymnasium for P.S. 246 on the Grand Concourse. Construction is also set to start on a 451-seat school on Morris Avenue.
“Transformative investments are bringing new, affordable housing to this neighborhood, and today’s groundbreaking marks the next step to add more seats to meet increasing demand,” said Nina Kubota, president and chief executive officer of the New York City School Construction Authority.