Plan to add parking at Charles City Middle School advancing

CHARLES CITY — If you’ve been to a sporting event at the new competition gym added to the Charles City High School campus along with the new middle school, you’ve seen the problem. Parked vehicles flow out of the parking lot clogging the Comet Drive and beyond.

The School Board is considering a plan to add 50 more parking spaces to the west of the middle school. The estimated cost is $160,374. It’s construction would begin in mid-May.

Tentative plans for the new lot have been prepared by Terry McCarthy of Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc., which will present its cost estimates and more at the board’s Monday, March 20 meeting. It begins at 6:30 p.m. in the 7th grade learning studio at the middle school.

Further services by SEH for the project — such as design — would total $30,600

The board approved the west parking lot project as part of the summer of 2017 capital projects to be paid from sales tax and physical plant and equipment levy funds, according to district administration.

Superintendent Dr. Dan Cox will recommend the board  set the date and time for a public hearing during the board’s Monday, April 24, meeting  in the Floyd Community Center.

In a letter to the district, McCarthy covered some details of the proiject:

“It is desirable to have capacity for approximately 50 cars, including handicap accessible spaces. Access to both Comet Drive and the north bus loop is desired,” he wrote, explaining that he met with the district’s building and grounds director, Jerry Mitchell, Oct. 12. “The parking lot construction shall be concrete with curbing, storm sewer and lighting. Lighting fixtures and placement shall be similar to what was used on the Middle School Project.

“Finally, it is desirable to have the proposed parking lot located as far north as possible and not in direct view from the the windows of the new middle school.”

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