The Task Force for a Safe School (TFSS) is a group of concerned P.S. 163 parents working with the support of school leadership and the PTA to protect the children, teachers and staff of our school. The proposed construction of a 20-story facility directly adjacent to our low structure and outdoor spaces would endanger health and safety as well as the quiet learning environment our children now enjoy.
Specific threats include:
Continuous high-decibel noise, making it impossible to teach and learn
High levels of dust, airborne toxins including lead, posing an immediate and serious risk to the health of students, teachers and staff at the school
Severe harm to the physical structure of the school
Dangerous increases in traffic and congestion both during and after construction
Dangers posed by the use of massive construction equipment (cranes, etc.) high above our children's heads
- New York City Council
As you may know, there are proposed plans to build a 20-story high-rise building less than 50 feet from P.S. 163, a PK-5 school in Manhattan. We are not against construction in general, so please do not dismiss our concerns as merely a not-in-my-backyard issue. This is a safety and health issue first and foremost. The casual safety assurances of a developer are not going to protect the children of P.S. 163.
This is why we ask that our elected officials do everything in their power to protect the safety and learning environment of P.S. 163's students, teachers and staff. Given the grave concerns we have with the project’s environmental impact on our school community, we believe the proposed facility should be built at the original 106th Street location instead of less than 50 feet from the school where the children are as young as three years old.
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