“Game-changing” development plans for Stone Middle School to be announced Monday

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – “Game changer” for West Huntsville, a new “gateway” — those are the terms people on the inside track of city development are using when talking about Huntsville’s Stone Middle School.

While it’s all technically still in the works, officials expect it will be done—with pictures of what’s coming–by Monday afternoon.

The announcement is at 2 p.m.

When you look at the vacant school building on west Clinton Avenue, it may be hard to imagine it’s going to be a game changer for west Huntsville.

“We’re moving in a very good direction,” said Bill Kling, Huntsville City Councilman for District 4.  “It’s going to be very good for the adjacent neighborhood.”

Local developer Randy Schrimsher is planning to change it all, yet hang on to most of it.

Those who know the ideas being considered say about three-fourths of the old school building will be kept in tact.

Crews will build a new brewery on the property and there will be an area for public gatherings for entertainment, such as concerts and the like.

“It’s one of the first things that people see when they come in off the interstate into Huntsville,” said Kling of the old school building located in his district.

But before anything can happen, the building must be sold.

Thursday night, the Huntsville City School Board gave Superintendent Casey Wardynski the authority to sign a contract whenever it comes.

“We didn’t want to be able to be the holdup in the process of making this project go forward,” said Huntsville City Schools spokesman Keith Ward.

Officials say it will sell for its appraisal value, a little more than $1 million.  That’s exciting for the school district.

“We’re excited about being able to have this revenue and being able to put that in other projects for the school district,” said Ward.  He expects the money will be earmarked for building projects.

Monday afternoon, Schrimsher, city and school officials and business owners expected to set up shop there will gather at the school to share artist renderings of what they say will be the new gateway to west Huntsville.

Kling says 36,000 people live in his district and will benefit from the project.
The city will gain new tax revenue too.

It will likely be a working weekend for officials involved in coming up with the official contract and sale of the property.

The schedule of construction will likely come out Monday afternoon.

7 comments

  • Nuclear Mike

    Good that the “ghost town property” may have a new life…just that if there was to have been a real revitalization in West Huntsville, the Lowe Mills would have already accomplished that. I guess Downtown, Inc. has no involvement with any project outside of Square.

  • Michael

    Good. The building and the area both have too much potential than to sit there doing nothing but collecting cobwebs.

  • Bill McIntosh

    “Game Changer” ? Why would I bring my family to a concert in the middle of a bad neighborhood? Are the prostitutes and drug dealers in the area going to stop what they do just because of some new “Game Changer” marketing hype?

  • Nuclear Mike

    Are the all the project houses and tenants being removed as this area is just like “Oakland, California” on the streets???
    And “game changing” is just a poor term for re-branding…and where are these new crowds going to come from???

    All the Downtown, Inc events are going to suffer badly as there are just so many “sheople” to draw upon for their dwindling disposable spending.
    Again…the underlying theme is ALCOHOL as the “game changer”!!! Booze will make Huntsville better and safer!!!

    • Oscar Jones

      Those two breweries are already producing beer in Huntsville. One just right down the street from where they are planning to move.

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