Hearing On Proposed School Postponed

By: Lanetra Bennett
September 3, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Officials with the City of Tallahassee say more time and data is needed before moving forward with a decision on plans to build a new charter school.

There is a proposal to build a new charter middle school on Thomasville Road in Tallahassee.

The issue was on the agenda for Tuesday night's Tallahassee Leon County Planning Commission meeting. While committee members had a very lengthy discussion, the school issue was not a part of it.

It took no time at all Tuesday night for the Tallahassee Leon County Planning Commission to vote to postpone discussing a proposal for a new charter school.

Staff members say it's because applicants for Stars Middle School have not submitted all of the necessary paperwork.

The proposal is for the school to be built just south of Altoona Drive on Thomasville Road.

City staff says it's gotten about 200 emails and letters of petition.

Russell Snyder with the Tallahassee Planning Department says, "There's been some considerable feedback from the neighborhood. They echo the traffic impacts, the safety of the neighborhood, the compatibility with their single-family homes in that area."

While no one was at the meeting to voice those concerns, there were some who stood up against a proposed development for the intersection of Tennessee and Monroe Streets.

The plan is for a 120-room hotel with retail space and 240 parking spaces to be built next to the Aloft hotel.

An attorney for a development already underway at the intersection says the new proposal does not meet the requirements for promoting a pedestrian and bicycle friendly area.

The attorney says, "That's not allowed under your comprehensive plan. I don't think I could come up with a more automobile dependent use than a Hampton Inn. I like Hampton Inn. I stay there when I'm on the road. it's simply the wrong location. It's simply inconsistent with the vision of the 18-hour downtown. We deserve something better."

The commission voted to approve the application for the new hotel with the condition that the frontages of the hotel are designed for retail.

A public hearing for the Stars Middle School proposal will be held October 1st in the Leon County Commission Chambers at 6pm.

Administrators say they anticipate a very large crowd and lively discussion.

By Lanetra Bennett
September 3, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Stars Middle School is proposed to be built at 3607 Thomasville Road.

City of Tallahassee administrators tell WCTV they've gotten close to 200 emails, letters and petitions speaking out against the proposed Stars Middle School.

The charter school would be a two-story building on 4.37 acres. City administrators say the school's plan is to ultimately have 175 middle school students and 200 elementary students.

A meeting is being held tonight at 5 in the conference room on the second floor of the Renaissance building.

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