HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsville city school leaders broke ground for the new Grissom High School Tuesday morning, and Tuesday night city leaders presented plans for the current school site that they will take over when the school moves out.
The site of the new campus is on National Boulevard off of South Memorial Parkway.
The $60 million project has been in the planning stages for a couple of years. One school board member says it's unlikely the new school will be ready for the start of the 2016 school year, though.
The city of Huntsville will take over the current location on Bailey Cove Road once the new campus is complete. City and county leaders have big plans for the property.
However, they're asking for the public's help to make those dreams a reality.
The Huntsville Parks and Recreation Department will take over the school's gym and ball fields once the students move to the new campus on National Boulevard.
The auditorium will be used for community theater, although Madison County Commissioner Phil Riddick says it's still unclear who will run the venue.
The Huntsville Police Department will also open a precinct in one of the wings of the former school building.
The big project is a new library to serve south Huntsville. The total cost is about $8 million. The city and county have pledged $2 million each which means fundraising will have to cover the other half of the cost.
The subject of fundraising was the focus of a community meeting Tuesday night. About 75 people showed up to listen to the plans for the community center.
There's already a Facebook page set up for the New South Huntsville Public Library.