Tapestry Charter School is planning a three-story addition to its facility at 65 Great Arrow Avenue. Besides the 60,158 sq.ft. addition, the project includes a new bus loop, 83 additional parking spaces, and a playground including a turf soccer field. Trautman Associates Architects Engineers is designing the project.
From the Project Application to the Planning Board:
Tapestry is working to expand their campus to accommodate a growing student population as well as improve their athletic facilities. As part of this effort, the school desires to construct a three-story, 60,158 square foot primary school building with a bus loop, 83 additional parking spaces, green space, playground and a 190′-0″ x 330′-0″ turf soccer field on their property adjacent to the current school at 65 Great Arrow Drive.
This project will convert a once vacant former industrial property at the head of Lincoln Parkway into a thriving campus that is part of an established, vibrant school community. With the conversion of buildings on the Pierce Arrow property extending from Elmwood Avenue to the western boundary of Tapestry’s property, this project continues the neighborhood’s revitalization and enhances the neighborhood’s urban fabric and quality of life.
The primary uses of the proposed school building include classrooms, offices, a full-sized gymnasium, cafeteria, a STEAM laboratory and classrooms for the arts. The bus loop and new parking relieve the already congested traffic along Great Arrow Drive. Currently, both Tapestry and PS 64 Frederick Law Olmsted School use Great Arrow Drive for their buses, parking and primary access for traffic. Tapestry is looking to minimize their impact on the neighborhood by pulling their traffic off of the street. This action creates a safer environment for children as they enter and exit both school buildings.
Construction of this $11 million project is estimated to start in August of this year, 2017, and be completed by September 2018.