Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students and two freshmen moved into a portion of Sunrise Academy High School today, Nov. 11, according to Mona Salti, principal of Sunrise Academy.
About 75 students will make the move into the unused portion of the Hometown Urgent Care building at 5677 Scioto Darby Road, Salti said.
The remainder of the students in kindergarten through fifth grade will remain at Sunrise Academy, 5657 Scioto Darby Road, a chartered Islamic school that opened in 1996 at the former Hilliard branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library at the southeast corner of Scioto Darby Road and Veterans Memorial Drive. The urgent-care building is on the southwest corner of the intersection.
Meanwhile, a plan to allow up to the 128 students at the high school is expected to be reconsidered by the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way.
Commission members tabled the proposal Oct. 10 to allow the applicant, the Islamic Society of Greater Columbus, to meet with city engineers in an effort to allay the commission’s concerns about traffic congestion and patterns.
Salti said she believes the concerns have been addressed.
“I think (the proposal) will be (heard) and not tabled (Nov. 14),” said Salti, who will serve as principal of both campuses.
The application was heard Sept. 12, postponed to Oct. 10 and then again to Nov. 14.
In May, the city approved a conditional-use permit that allows for Sunrise Academy to occupy a portion of the building not occupied by the urgent care, according to city planner John Talentino.
It is that portion of the building into which about 75 students have moved.
The Islamic Society of Greater Columbus purchased the 13,000-square-foot Hometown Urgent Care building on 4 acres in February for $1.05 million from Heritage Medical LLC.
The lease with the urgent care expires in February 2020, but the tenant might vacate the property earlier, Mouhamed Tarazi, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Columbus, said last month.
A second conditional-use permit is required for Sunrise Academy to occupy the remainder of the building, Talentino said.
Commission members on Oct. 10 meeting said they were concerned about traffic congestion and patterns between the campuses, as well as the new school’s proximity to several Hilliard City Schools buildings and its location at the entrance to Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park and the Hilliard Family Aquatic Center, both of which are accessed via Veterans Memorial Drive.
Salti told commissioners Oct. 10 that staggered arrival and dismissal times, combined with dividing the number of total students – approximately 200 – would improve traffic flow.
Mayor Don Schonhardt, a member of the commission, asked for the Islamic Society to postpone the application in October.
“(If you wait), I think you’ll get the decision you’re looking for,” Schonhardt said Oct. 10.