Permits Filed: New Ateret Torah Center School Building, 901 Quentin Road, Midwood

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The Ateret Torah Center on the southern edge of Midwood is getting a new school building, according to a filing yesterday with the Department of Buildings.

The new structure would rise four stories and 58 feet at 901 Quentin Road, on the north side of the street between East 9th and 10th streets. It would contain nearly 22,000 square feet of space, with a cafeteria in the basement, offices and classrooms on the first floor, classrooms on the second and third, a bet midrash (or lecture hall) on the fourth, and an open play area on the roof.

The lot, which spans the short block face, is currently home to a four-story brick postwar building on East 9th Street, labeled the Ellis A. Safdeye Elementary School. Next to it is a one-story modular building on the corner of East 10th, which may be razed to make way for the larger, more permanent structure, though no demolition permit has yet been filed.

The permit application was filed by Freeport, N.Y.-based Zambrano Architectural Design.

The Jewish school would be just one project in the area, which is undergoing a highly localized building boom.

A medical office tower recently opened at 902 Quentin Road, across Quentin Road, capitalizing on the generous zoning bonus available to “community facility” uses, including schools and doctors’ offices, which allowed the tower to rise in a zone intended for low-slung auto-oriented commercial businesses.

And then across the intersection, a 10-story joint hotel/synagogue is under development by Z&K Realty Developers. That structure would rise 113 feet into the air and hold 162,000 square feet of commercial space, and also contain an “eating and drinking establishment” and a decent amount of parking.

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