Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Some tidbits on the Austin Elementary / Dunwoody Park Swap

Current Austin Elementary to someday become a 9 acre park?

  • City buys current Austin school immediately on closing and leases it back to DeKalb for three years.
  • Austin Elementary community stays intact during construction with little or no interruption.
  • City will take on demo costs of old Austin after new school opens (need to reserve money for this.)
  • City of Dunwoody gains 9 acre park or public space in underserved corner of City.
  • There are no plans for this property at this time - what does the community want here?

City purchases park land from PCMS yet students get to enjoy improvements during day.
New baseball fields are constructed and football fields will be lit.

  • City purchases close to 8 acres of PCMS (near the corner of North Peachtree & Barclay) thereby extending Brook Run Park across Barclay.
  • Immediately upon closing, City of Dunwoody will release a Construction RFP to build two baseball fields on those 8 acres.   The new fields should be operational prior to DeKalb starting demo on Dunwoody Senior Baseball fields. 
  • The baseball facilities built by Dunwoody will be very comparable to Dunwoody Senior dimensions and the facilities will include concession stand, irrigation, lighting, batting cages, netting and I believe a restroom is also included in the city plans.
  • The City of Dunwoody and DeKalb have entered into a joint use agreement for both the baseball and football fields.  Dunwoody will resurface the football field and maintain the property in exchange for use outside school hours
  • The City will add lights to football field as part of the Construction RFP to maximize playing time on that space.
  • Dunwoody has been assured that there is room for new school building construction if needed.
  • Parking will be shared on the top near the school with ADA ramps constructed coming down the hill.  New parking will be constructed behind field 2 and accessible off Barclay with more parking across Barclay in Brook Run if needed.

New school for Austin Elementary with little disruption for construction.

  • New Austin Elementary School will be constructed on space currently used by Dunwoody Senior Baseball.
  • The design of the school is the current "DeKalb Standard design" built is several other locations whereby the capacity of the school will be 900 students.
  • The South entrance (currently DSB) will be for buses only and will facilitate easy drop off, that same bus lane will continue to the back where school field trip buses can drop children at the Dunwoody Nature Center and then have an easy turn around.
  • The North entrance (currently DNC) will be the main entrance to the school and it will be shared by Dunwoody Nature Center as they have different peak times.  Vehicle stacking space of this main driveway should facilitate taking cars off Roberts for drop off.
  • The parking at the Nature Center is improved and there will now be parking for special events at that facility.
  • Transportation improvements may be needed on Roberts due to change (traffic light configuration changes?)
  • Buffering between new Austin and street to South will be assured (as was done in the construction of DES).
There will be better drawings coming soon and I hope that if you have questions that you will please raise them.  I have seen a rendering or two of the school over the last few months but do not have electronic copies but I am sure they will be shared soon.

Thanks,

John

1 comment:

skigator93 said...

Outstanding work and looks like a win win for all.