COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Former Crozet School Reuse Study

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

To provide information to the Board regarding the Reuse Study for the Former Crozet Elementary School

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis and Shadman; and Ms.Catlin

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

 

AGENDA DATE:

April 9, 2008

 

ACTION:                 INFORMATION:

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

 

ACTION:               INFORMATION:      X

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The former Crozet Elementary School was built in 1924 and was used as a public school until 1990.  From 1991 through 2007 the Charlottesville Waldorf School leased the facility.  In 1997 an adaptive reuse study was conducted by UVA engineering graduate students.  A recent review of that study revealed that the information is dated and also lacked citizen input.  More recently, during the process of selecting a site for the Crozet library, several sites were considered and much discussion was generated between County staff and the Crozet community.  Members of the community expressed their desire to consider the former Crozet Elementary School for other potential uses.  Many felt that the old school has a genuine connection to the history of the community and that the County has an obligation to examine the feasibility of identifying potential uses for the former school as part of the overall Crozet revitalization effort. 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 4: Effectively Manage the County’s Growth and Development

Master Planning Directional Statement: “Adapts and reuses sites rather than abandoning them”. 

 

DISCUSSION:

A staff committee was formed with individuals from the County Executive Office, Community Development, and General Services to plan a process to engage members of the community to identify and evaluate potential alternative uses for the elementary school.  Crozet residents and staff served on a committee to select a professional firm to manage a public engagement process in order to create a list of potential uses for the school and to conduct research and analysis of identified uses.  The committee selected PMA Inc., a planning and engineering firm that has extensive experience in public engagement and in revitalizing old buildings into useful community facilities.  The public engagement process is underway.

 

Attachment A details the scope of work for the Reuse Study process and Attachment B details the charge and role of the Reuse Study Committee consisting of stakeholders from the Crozet community.  The role of the committee is to ensure community engagement in the process of considering various potential uses for the old school.  An updated report to include the project status and an analysis of each identified use will be provided to the Board for its review and direction at a future meeting in time to include any approved projects in the 2009-2018 Capital Improvement Project process.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

The cost of the study is $26,980 with an in-house added contingency of 10% for a total project budget of $29,678.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

No Board action is necessary at this time.  This Executive Summary is for information only.

 

ATTACHMENTS

A- A/E Scope of Work

B- Old School Reuse Study Committee Charge and Role

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