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02-22-2013, 03:20 PM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130222/upper-west-side/uws-residents-oppose-private-school-expansion-citing-traffic-nightmares) by Emily Frost:

A proposed expansion by Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School has been blasted by Upper West Side residents who fear traffic congestion at the private school will be worsened if the controversial plan becomes a reality.

The move would add two stories to the school's existing building, located at West 93rd Street and Central Park West, to create a middle school, said Howard Weiss, a Columbia Grammar representative. The plan has already received approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, but school officials were still seeking community and Community Board 7 approval for a zoning variance before taking it to the Board of Standards and Appeals.

But dozens of residents at a meeting Wednesday night expressed concern, worrying that the proposed height increase of 30 feet and 10 new classrooms at the school would create traffic and lighting problems in the neighborhood. A new cafeteria for 88 middle school students is part of the expansion, too.

"Iím deeply concerned about the effects this expansion will have on quality of life," said one neighbor. "The question of the light being cut off, the traffic, the noise."

Resident Alison Murphy said she was concerned about the expansion blocking her windows.

"While you are adding light for students, you are taking away light for everyone else who lives around the school," she said.

But Columbia Grammar Headmaster Richard J. Soghoian said the school would only add 10 new students for a total of 1,300 enrolled students, calling the plans "a modest request."

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