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Queensborough Included in CUNY Repairs Initiative

City will give community college money to upgrade its performing arts center, roofs and a courtyard.

Queensborough Community College will get upgrades on its performing arts center, several roofs and a courtyard near its science building through a city and state repairs initiative, a spokesman for the college said.

The college, located at 222-05 56th Ave. in Bayside, will be included in a $213 million repairs initiative for schools in the City University of New York’s system.

“It’s great news for the community college because the campus is over 50 years old and many of the buildings are at least 30 years old,” said Alex Burnett, a spokesman for Queensborough. “They need work. It’s nice to see that we’re getting support from the city to keep up the facilities.”

The money will be used to tear out a wall in the back of the school’s performing arts center and installing box seating. Other upgrades to the center will include improved lighting and sound.

Additionally, the college intends to make the performing arts center more accessible for the disabled.

Funding from the city and state will also go toward renovating roofs on the college’s campus and turning a courtyard outside of the café near Queensborough’s science building into an enclosed dining and banquet center for students.

Burnett said he was not sure how much money would be spent on Queensborough, but that the school had requested a $1.5 million upgrade.

The upgrades are expected to start within a year.

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