Re-1 meets with public on GSHS expansion
The Roaring Fork School District held a public meeting Wednesday to discuss its plans to expand Glenwood Springs High School onto adjacent commercial properties. The Roaring Fork School District held a public meeting Wednesday to discuss its plans to expand Glenwood Springs High School onto adjacent commercial properties. Everything is proceeding as would be expected, from the timeline to the controversy, said Kathy Tully, a planning consultant with the WestTerra company who is negotiating the purchases for the district. The controversy surrounding the district’s plans to purchase commercial businesses is “very typical,” Tully told the board of education. “There’s always fear of the unknown,” she said. “It’s not an unusual situation.”The school board had some concern about the time it was taking to complete the appraisal process. Tully said that progress was about typical, but that some appraisals had moved more slowly than others – notably True Value. That process has been slow because True Value’s building is owned by Safeway, a large and slower-moving corporation. Some tenants have been upset by a lack of contact by the district, but contact between the district and tenants is prohibited, said Tully. Despite the controversy over the district’s plans to take over commercial space in Glenwood Springs, everyone at Wednesday’s meeting seemed to hope that the different parties would come together. Tully also reiterated the need for all involved parties to work together on the project. “It seemed to us that if you can get all the concerned people in a room that you can find a solution,” said Pat Ziuchkovski, a principle architect with RTA Architects, which will design the new school.A new Glenwood Springs High School should lead the betterment of all Glenwood Springs if people work together, he said.Regardless of the time involved or controversy, however, Ziuchkovski assured the board that no construction would happen on the properties until 2006.
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