HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville City School Board is planning to vote on the proposed land for the new Grissom site at their work session Thursday night. But plans for the transformation of the current location are already underway.
The new proposed site is just south of the old site that the school board had been eyeing on Weatherly Road. The first site proved unsuitable after concerns over Indian burial artifacts were raised.
The new location, consultants say, has existing roads and utility infrastructure, so construction could begin immediately. There’s also more space at the new site and development will cost less.
On Wednesday, Madison County Commissioner Phil Riddick announced that Grissom High School’s campus on Bailey Cove Road will become a municipal complex after the school relocates.
Among the changes in store for the Bailey Cove campus, the Huntsville Police Department’s South Precinct and a new library will take residence there. The project is a result of a collaborative effort between the City of Huntsville and Madison County.
“It’s just going to be a home run for the community, I think,” said Commissioner Riddick. “We want to keep our neighborhoods strong, and a good place to live and work, so that’s what this really is all about.”
The estimated price tag for the project is $8.5 million. Riddick said half of the costs will be covered by private sector funding, with the City of Huntsville and Madison County splitting the remaining $4 million. Riddick said he believes the votes that are needed to make the plans reality will come.
“Everyone seems to be on the same page, so I’m pretty confident that we’re gonna have success with this.”
View the artist’s rendition of what the municipal complex will look like here: