CCSD News and Announcements
For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
Feb. 8, 2011
Jay Dillon (770) 426-3345
Site Proposed For New Smyrna
Project Would Lead Belmont-area Redevelopment, Benefit
The Cobb County School District has announced a proposed site for a
new Smyrna elementary school that would become a central piece of the
redevelopment of the former Belmont Hills shopping center. The school
district has identified property between Ward Street and Atlanta Road,
immediately north end east of Campbell High School (see attached map).
The property serves the district and the community’s needs as
a convenient location for the new school approved by voters in 2008 as
part of the school capital projects program funded by a Special Purpose
Local Option Sales Tax. The new school would open in the fall of 2013.
The 18-acre site is contiguous to both the Belmont Hills redevelopment
area and the back entrance of Campbell High School, and is less than one
mile from the downtown Smyrna Village Green.
As part of the school construction project, the school district has
offered to purchase the Smyrna Commons apartment complex that was recently
acquired by the City of Smyrna’s Downtown Area Development Corporation. The
apartment complex would become vacant once all leases run their full course
and expire by early 2012. The SDADC had purchased the complex as part of
right-of-way acquisition for construction of a future Atlanta Road-Ward
Street connector that is part of the Cobb County’s 2011 SPLOST referendum.
The 7.5-acre parcel to be obtained by the school district would border the
new road and will be converted to playing fields and open space that could
be used by the new elementary school as well as Campbell High School, and
also could be made available for community use after school hours (see
Parcel 3 on the attached map).
“This is an excellent proposal that would seem to serve the entire
community well,” said Tim Stultz, a member of the Cobb County Board of
Education who represents the Smyrna area. “I am looking forward to opening a
new, state-of-the-art school that will fit perfectly with the eventual
redevelopment of the area. We hope, in fact, that a school of this quality
will help spur redevelopment sooner than it may otherwise occur. I am also
proud of the fact that we are partnering with the City of Smyrna to help
improve the area. This new school and the entire development will benefit
this community for decades to come.”
The school board will vote on the proposed $7.8 million
land acquisition at its regular meeting on Feb. 17, 2011. At the same time,
the board will consider hiring an architect to design the new school. The
school district anticipates an architectural design that will integrate well
with the Belmont Hills redevelopment project, much like the integration of
government, retail and private buildings that formed the successful Village
Green project and spurred Smyrna’s initial revitalization 20 years ago.
View attached map
Board Member Tim Stultz to host public forum on
new Smyrna elementary school, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 at the
Campbell High School auditorium.
Note regarding attached map:
1. Parcel owned by Halpern Enterprises,
developer of the Belmont redevelopment project.
2. Residential rental
property. Owner has agreed to sell.
3. Smyrna Commons apartments.