A planned Islamic school on Parsons Boulevard in South Flushing is still not open, nearly two months after it was due to begin accepting students — and some in the community want to know what’s going on with the site.
In July, Aftab Mannan, joint secretary of the Jamaica Muslim Center, told the Queens Chronicle that the school, to be housed in two buildings at 78-31 and 78-39 Parsons Blvd. respectively, was to open in September as long as the city issued a certificate of occupancy to the organization, more than a year after the school was first announced.
But a source close to the project said on Tuesday that the CO has not yet been issued even though the building is set to open.
The planned school would have 160 students, most of them bused directly from the Jamaica Muslim Center.
But one civic leader said the community has received zero information on the project.
“Everybody but the community seems to be satisfied by the project,” said Ken Cohen, president of the Flushing Suburban Civic Association. “We had requested a sitdown with the owners, but it has never happened. We made a couple of attempts to reach out, but we never seem to make contact with the right person.”
There are several other schools within a few blocks of the site, including a yeshiva and a Catholic school. Congestion has been a concern for some, including Cohen, because the site is only several dozen yards from the busy intersection of Parsons Boulevard and Union Turnpike.
The buildings acquired by the center have been vacant for several years and had become an eyesore in the community, with overgrown weeds and trees, much of which has been cleared. The space was home to a detox center called Aurora Concept until financial troubles caused it to close in 2007.