THRIVE Academy rezoning to secure academic building permit


    THRIVE Academy’s planned academic building is one step closer to becoming a reality, as school leaders push to rezone its campus on Brightside Drive from a Single Family Residential to Limited Residential property.

    Executive Director Sarah Broome, who founded the charter school in 2011, says the move will let school officials secure the permit for a new 42,000-square-foot building—the second phase of the school’s construction. The new building would include classrooms, a gym, cafeteria and health care center, among other amenities.

    Thus far, THRIVE has been operating under a conditional use permit. But to ensure the academic building’s construction, Broome says the school has to either update its permit or change the zoning on the property to limited residential—the category under which educational facilities already fall.

    They opted for the latter, which Broome says is a simpler process.

    Financing for the facility is still underway, with Broome hoping to finalize the dollars and cents of the project by the end of August.

    The charter school’s permanent campus broke ground in 2015, with students moving in after the first dorm was completed in August 2016. With no official learning facility, students and teachers have been using the multi-purpose building once home to the St. Francis de Sales and Catholic Deaf Center as temporary academic space.

    Officials plan to have the new digs occupied at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

    Check out conceptual renderings for the project.

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