BRUNSWICK –– The city’s Planning Commission got its first look at a preliminary site plan Thursday night for Brunswick Schools’ middle school project on Pearl Road.
The commission also approved a conditional zoning certificate that will allow for the demolition of houses purchased by the district to make room for the project. An existing storage shed on the southeast side of the property also will be eliminated.
Demolition is expected to begin Sept. 4.
In November, school district voters approved a $48.1 million bond issue to allow Brunswick to consolidate Edwards, Visintainer and Willetts into one building on 30 acres of land owned by the district on Pearl Road behind Edwards, built in 1921, and Visintainer, built in 1949.
Ed Shearson, project manager at ThenDesign Architecture in Willoughby, which is working on the project, told commission members the new middle school will have plenty of parking spaces and a new stadium with a synthetic turf field.
In addition, he said, “the new school is proposed to have almost 1,700 students” as it will combine students from Edwards, Visintainer and Willetts middle schools.
Edwards and Visintainer schools will be torn down, and the future of Willetts has not yet been decided.
Ryan Wellert, project manager for Hammond Construction, said a fence will be erected around the construction site to keep building and district operations separate.
Wellert also said construction traffic will not interfere with school traffic because there will be a temporary gravel drive leading out to Manhattan Avenue, which connects to Pearl Road and state Route 303, that the construction team will use.
Construction equipment will be parked on a gravel lot on the east side of the property, where the future stadium will be located.
Two temporary sediment basins also will be installed on the lot to catch water runoff.