Alexandria’s Planning Commission approved a $36-million proposal to rebuild Jefferson-Houston School at Cameron and North West Streets. The project plans a 130,000 square foot L-shaped, Art Deco flavored modern facility surrounding a turf athletic field.
The project also includes improvements to the Durant Arts Center, which occupies the same section of land as the school. The school’s gym, field, play areas and a white-box theater will be available for community use to varying degrees.
Enrollment is expected to grow to approximately 700 students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade, a sizable increase from its current enrollment of 364.
If approved by City Council the new school might be ready in the fall of 2014.