Broadway Development Group Not Backing Down On Evolving Plan For East Clinton School

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –Developer Bob Broadway will speak to the Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission for a second time Monday to make a case for partially demolishing East Clinton School.

Last month, the commission voted 6 to 2 against Broadway’s petition to knock down the school.

But Broadway says he is not backing down and launched another campaign to present possible ideas for the school’s historic facade.

“One of the things we wanted to do after the last HHPC meeting was to go around and get as much input from the neighborhood as we could get,” Broadway says.

Friday nearly 1500 flyer showed up in the mailboxes of residents in the Twickenham, Five Points and Old Town Neighborhoods.
The mailers showcase with architect’s renderings Broadway’s first option to leave the entire façade along Clinton Avenue and turn it into four private condos–as well as the more favored option that involves keeping a smaller section of façade around East Clinton’s main entrance.

“We have to find something that is financially feasible to do and at the same time preserves the historical integrity of the building and has a nice feel and a nice project at the end of the day.”

Broadway said he has had two people interested in turning the 2,200-square foot space from option B into a private home but says he would rather donate it to a local civic group. Broadway says the limitations come from zoning and from the condition of the current building.

“We’ve documented mold, mildew, termite infestation, sagging floors, roof leaks, busted out windows, you name it,” Broadway explains.

But response from the mailer options, Broadway says, has already poured in.

“I have heard some feedback today and it’s all been positive.”

The city school system closed East Clinton in May 2012 as part of an initiative to eliminate surplus classroom space. Broadway’s development company, The Broadway Group, agreed to buy the site in December for just under $1.6 million.



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