Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Schematic design approved for new Chase School

Schematic designs for the new Chase School in Northside were approved by the Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) Board of Education at its February 9 meeting.

Designed by Cole + Russell Architects, Fanning Howey, and Moody Nolan, Inc., the new 67,274-square-foot school will be built on the site of the former Chase School, a site commonly referred to by community residents as "the pit" or "the hole".

Northside Community Council had lobbied for the $14 million school to be built in a more visible location near Chase Avenue and the McKie Recreation Center, a plan that was dismissed by the City as expensive and unworkable.

CPS did not address the idea at any of its Board of Education meetings.

Also at the meeting, the board approved a resolution authorizing the start of bidding for demolition and site work at the Rockdale School site in Avondale and a resolution approving several contracts for the renovation of the Dater Montessori building in Westwood.

Image credits: Cincinnati Public Schools

Previous reading on BC:
Graves: Northside proposal likely too costly (1/29/08)
Northside council wants CPS, CRC cooperation on Chase site (12/12/07)