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Homewood Superintendent: .9 million Central Office will benefit employees and community (updated)
(Homewood City Schools)
-- Homewood City Schools' will be built with both school board employees and the community in mind, Superintendent Bill Cleveland said today.
When posed with questions about how the new space will better suit the community and why it is necessary, Cleveland said the following:
AL.com: Why is it necessary to build a new space?
AL.com: What are some features the new space will provide to staff and the community?
The approved ,989,717 budget for site work and construction of the new office will cover:
A Central Office for HCS, a one-story, approximately 15,000-square-foot building adjacent to the Community Garden
Greenway space filled with trees to act as a buffer along Valley Avenue.
Perimeter fencing that will run along Valley Avenue and back down the east side of the property line
A new sidewalk along Valley Avenue that will run the entire length of the property and continue to the middle school
As well as parking for Baseball Field and Tennis Courts, a Cross Country course, an access road and an Athletic and Maintenance storage building
Construction work at the site--planned on the site of the former 440-unit Magnolia Park apartment complex--
News of the development comes as a welcomed relief, not only to the HCS staff who share cramped office space near Shades Cahaba Elementary, but also to the city's residents, who have long seen the site as an eyesore in the community: The construction area has been vacant since May 2011 after the property went into foreclosure.
According to Cleveland, the topography of the property is "interesting." Lots of hills and rock in the space present their own set of challenges.
Still, developers remain optimistic about the project's anticipated completion date of July 30, 2014.
to read more about the planned construction phases.
Brasfield Gorrie workers will begin work on the property each weekday morning at 7 a.m. and finish at 5 p.m. Deliveries are scheduled to arrive between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and after 3:30 p.m. As of this time, said Cleveland, there will be no work done on the property on Saturdays or Sundays.
For more on the new HCS Central Office, .
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