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Architectural review board

Changes approved for parking lots at 2-5 elementary and middle school


The New Albany Architectural Review Board on Jan. 13 approved a certificate of appropriateness for changes to the New Albany-Plain Local 2-5 elementary and middle school parking lots.

The board also tabled changes to the high school parking lot, pending more information.

The school district requested the changes during construction of its two-story, 150,000-square-foot building for 1,200 students being built between the 2-5 elementary and middle school buildings.

The entire project will increase the number of parking spaces from 586 to 755 in the three lots, according to ARB staff reports.

New Albany Planner Stephen Mayer said ARB members asked for more information about islands and sight lines in the high school parking lot, which is why the four members present -- Kim Comisar, Alan Hinson, Jonathen Iten and Lewis Smoot -- tabled the application 4-0.

The district's proposal included removing four spaces from the high school parking lot and changing the oval in front of the high school gym to force cars through the lot when parents drop off and pick up children. District officials have said this would provide more space for cars that currently back up onto Fodor Road.

Mayer said ARB members would review any additional information on the high school parking lot at a future meeting.

The changes for the 2-5 and middle school parking lots were approved 4-0.

The school district plans to add a new parking lot with 118 spaces north of the 2-5 elementary building. The driveway for the 2-5 parking lot will be moved north to align with Chatham Green Boulevard, according to ARB staff reports.

The district plans to add 55 spaces to the middle school parking lot and install "retractable bollards" that would "restrict cars from traveling to the parking lot ... south of the school's administration building," according to staff reports.

The three parking lot changes exceed the city's landscaping requirements, adding more trees and higher percentages of interior parking lot landscaping than required, according to the ARB.