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Douglasville council OKs rezoning for relocation of charter school
by Liz Marino
May 22, 2013 02:01 PM | 2643 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Douglasville City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve a rezoning request from Douglas County Schools’ charter school Brighten Academy for a former church site where the school plans to relocate.

The request is for a rezoning from R-2 (single-family detached residential) to O-I (office-institutional) for a charter or private school on approximately 9.23 acres at 5897 Prestley Mill Road.

Architect Jeff Fincher, who represented the charter school, told the council at its May 16 work session that the property, located at the corner of Prestley Mill and Timberidge Drive, formerly housed New Life Christian Church. The church property had gone into foreclosure and was in the process of being purchased by Brighten Academy.

The charter school is located at 3264 Brookmont Parkway off Chapel Hill Road.

Fincher said the school’s enrollment of 460 could reach a capacity of 780 with the move.

He explained to the council that the new facility is about 25,000 square feet and the plan is to renovate the space and add a two-story building of about 35,000 square feet.

The property has frontage on two roads and 235 parking spaces. The additional building will remove about 65 parking places, with 170 remaining.

According to Fincher, the charter school will house kindergarten through middle school students.

“I’m very excited for Brighten to come into this location,” said Councilman Mark Adams.

In other business Keith Park, a city-owned, five-acre community park on Thompson Street in north Douglasville, will get a fencing and playground upgrade due to a donation from the Chapel Hills Homeowners’ Association.

The council unanimously approved accepting the donation with the stipulation that the homeowners’ association provide a letter confirming the donation.

City Development Director Jeff Noles announced a ceremonial “wire cutting” was scheduled take May 30 at 11 a.m. at O’Neal Plaza as the city and Google officially unleash Wi-Fi into the plaza, Hunter Park and Jessie Davis Park on that day.

“We’re getting close to getting Wi-Fi up and operational,” Noles told the council Monday night during a work session.

He also announced that Google is providing 100 computer tablets to be utilized in a renovated computer lab at Jessie Davis Park.

“We love having Google in our community,” Noles said.

Mayor Harvey Persons agreed.

“Google has been very, very helpful. They were just as enthusiastic in encouraging and participating in the computer lab as with the Wi-Fi project and in helping the community and children who don’t have access to Wi-Fi or computers.”

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