Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) is requesting that Con Edison allow access to a vacant property adjacent to MS 137 in Ozone Park, for additional parking and school activities.
Goldfeder drafted a letter to Con Ed CEO John McAvoy on Monday asking for permission for the school to have access to the empty parcel of land located on 98th Street between 109th Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard, which is owned by the utility. Goldfeder said the space has not been utilized by the company for several years. The lot is next door to the school.
In his letter, Goldfeder stated that allowing access to the lot for the middle school would add additional parking, which is often difficult for teachers and parents coming to the school to find on the residential streets nearby. It would also give students another place for outdoor activities, he said.
“Allowing access to the vacant lot for parking will help encourage parents to be more involved in student activities with their children,” Goldfeder said in a statement. “Every organization has a responsibility to the communities they are located in and a small gesture from Con Ed will go a long way in easing parking congestion for residents of Ozone Park and parents visiting the school.”
A Con Ed spokesman said the utility had not yet received the letter as of Tuesday but will address the issue once it reviews it and will reach out to Goldfeder personally on the matter.
MS 137, also called America’s School of Heroes, serves around 1,900 students in grades three through eight. It is one of the neighborhood’s newer schools, opening at 109-15 98 St. in 2002. The school building is nestled between the Aqueduct section of Ozone Park and the A train viaduct just south of Rockaway Boulevard.
School officials did not offer comment on Goldfeder’s letter.