CCAH presents Re-1 with five plans for development of North Face property
Less than two months after the Roaring Fork School District’s purchase of the North Face property in Carbondale, the school board looked at five development plans.At Wednesday’s regular board meeting, members of the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities presented plans for the 24.5-acre parcel the district purchased in August. CCAH was deeded a 2.5-acre portion of the property negotiated when the North Face purchased the land in the late 1990s. The school board knew it must uphold that agreement when it purchased the property from the North Face. And, in order to satisfy the conditions of the sale, which includes open space, affordable housing, and road improvements among other considerations, the town of Carbondale and the school district agreed that a portion of the site would be used for a recreation center, playing fields and affordable housing. On behalf of CCAH, land planner Tim Malloy, architect Jeff Dickinson and landscape architect John Laatsch explained the five scenarios. CCAH director Thomas Lawley and CCAH board member and capital campaign chairman Drew Sakson participated in the meeting as well.”CCAH took the bull by the horns,” explained Sakson after the meeting, of the arts organization’s planning process. “After our initial meeting with the town and the district, we all agreed to look at erasing the lines of the property so we could take a fresh look at what we could do there.”Board members seemed enthused with CCAH’s different plans.Each plan incorporated all three entities’ requirements for the property: space for a school building, a 14,000-square-foot recreation center and a 15,000-square-foot performing arts center, playing fields, parking lots, walking and bike paths, and affordable- and free-market housing.Two of the plans could accommodate a middle school or high school. A high school would require roughly 30,000 more square feet and more parking for students’ vehicles. The plans also differed in building configurations. Some had a more clustered, campus feel, sharing facilities between the school, art center and rec center. Others featured smaller practice fields and full-sized fields.Sakson said CCAH is in the process of a $2.5 million capital campaign, and that they hope to break ground next spring on the performing arts center. Meantime, the school board is hiring a consultant to draft a master plan for school growth in the entire district, which Roaring Fork School Superintendent Fred Wall anticipated taking about six months. After that’s completed, the school board will solidify plans for the type of school to be built on the Carbondale site.”We really appreciate your work,” said school board member Peter Delaney to CCAH’s planning team. “It’s what we’ve had in the back of our minds.”School board members also:-Met with Basalt architect Ted Guy regarding the proposed affordable teacher-housing the district wants to build on its property directly behind Basalt High School. -Heard from assistant superintendent Judy Haptonstall regarding school enrollment. She reported the district has 65 less students this year.-Reviewed a report from superintendent Wall that detailed the movement of students in and out of the district, showing each school’s losses and gains. The next Roaring Fork School District Re-1 board meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Basalt High School.
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