The third in the series of public meetings to discuss the proposed relocation of Coral Springs Charter School to Mullins Park will be at 6 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the Center for the Arts.
After considering 10 sites, city staff recommended relocating the school to the parking lot of the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. City Commissioners have not voted on the issue; some of them said they have not yet to made up their mind.
“I do think that the Charter School should move, but I am not set on a location,” said Commissioner Dan Daley at a recent meeting. “I understand that the presentation that the City Commission will see will go through the pros and cons of each of the locations that were considered…There is no backroom deal. This is not a done deal.”
The issue has divided opinion in the community, with a section of people, many of whom live or work in the area, being of the opinion that the relocation to the park will cause traffic congestion in the area and adversely affect their quality of life. Those who support the relocation to the park believe it will help the students and make the school better.
Linda Limerick, a long-term resident of the city, is among those who doesn’t want the school to relocate to Mullins Park. “There is going to be a total gridlock in our community,” she said. “Emergency vehicles are not going to be able to get through very quickly… The people at the east side of NW 99th Avenue, we will not be able to get out of our homes.
“These are two-lane roads,” Limerick said.
“There are no high schools anywhere in the city that are built on two-lane roads. I feel a lot of good sites were not looked at, like Sportsplex or Corporate Park.”
“A decision has not been made,” said Mayor Skip Campbell. “You brought forth some major concerns that I think a lot of us have. The Commission will make a decision that is based on facts.”
Alice Simon, another long-term resident, asked the city to consider moving the school to the Sportsplex.
The events that are now held at the Sportsplex can be moved to the ArtWalk in the heart of the city, she said.
Moving the school to the parking lot of the Coral Springs Center for the Arts will have an adverse impact on the people living in the area, including senior citizens, Simon said. “There is too much in this center of town that is vital to everyone…The Charter School cannot expand if it is at Mullins Park.”
Gregg Grunstein, whose two daughters are Coral Springs Charter School students, is all for the school moving to Mullins Park. “The relocation will make the school significantly better,” he said.
“The park is a great environment for children,” Grunstein said.
“The kids will have a better environment to go to. They will benefit tremendously from this relocation, with the expansion.
“This community needs this move. This makes the school so much better. When you consider this, consider the kids and the community benefit from moving the school.”
The meeting will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. The Center for the Arts is located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive. For details, call 954-344-5906.
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