New York, NY—Outgoing Council Member Ben Kallos (D) is again allocating funds to his constituents in District 5. This time the recipients are the students of the East Side Middle School, who will benefit from a $1.4 million allocation to convert a section of a library into a “maker space” and a renovation of the basement area into an art studio.
$500,000 will go towards the maker space, which will feature a digital fabrication center, an art classroom and a computer lab, while $937,000 will pay for the basement-level art studio.
“The talented students at East Side Middle School are going to have new opportunities to explore their interests and exercise their creativity with the maker space and dance studio.
“When I was in school, my favorite part was learning about how technology works hands on, and I wish I had something like this maker space. The students at East Side Middle School never cease to amaze me, and I can’t wait to see how they use these new spaces,” said Kallos.
This latest announcement by Kallos comes on the heels of a string of recent announcements whereby his office has allocated significant capital funds for a range of projects, such as renovations to Ruppert and John Jay Parks, as well as the deployment of a new mobile command center for the 17th Precinct. See below.