By Kim Walter -- firstname.lastname@example.org
After approving a contract with Ballou Justice Upton Architects, the Warren County School Board voted to request funds from the Board of Supervisors to cover a study of two prospective sites for a new middle school.
Richmond-based Ballou Upton Justice Architects handled the restoration, renovation and additions for the new Warren County Middle School. The firm is currently working on three school projects in the state.
Subject to funding from the board of supervisors, the firm will begin studies on traffic flow and the general location of both possible sites for the new school, according to Louis Justis, Assistant Superintendent for Administration.
One site, owned by the Economic Development Authority is located at the north end of the proposed Leach Run Parkway. The other site is an Environmental Study Area off of John Marshall Highway, and is already owned by the school district.
Once the study is completed, the firm will make a recommendation and then continue with phase two of the project, which includes designing the new building.
To cover the study, the school board will request $102,085 to be taken from the Historic Tax Credit Fund, Justis said. The request will be made at the Aug. 21 board meeting.
If the funds are approved, Justis said he'd like to see the study begin immediately and be finished within 90 days.