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County files zoning application for new HHS

Residents will get their first opportunity to comment on plans for a new Hendersonville High School next week.

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Hendersonville city planners have set a neighborhood compatibility meeting for 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at the City Operations Center at 305 Williams St.
The Hendersonville City Council on Feb. 9 postponed action on the closing of Ninth Avenue between Oakland Street and U.S. 25, saying that it wanted to see a detailed site plan.
Henderson County architect of record, ClarkNexsen, and WGLA Engineering filed the development application Friday that includes 225,000 square feet of new construction including a new classroom building on the site of the old Boyd auto dealership, a practice gym and game gym, lunchroom, band room and auditorium seating 900. The existing 63,000-square-foot Stillwell building and auditorium would remain but not as a part of the new high school.
Plans show 225 parking spaces, which is 50 less than the current number of spaces but 23 more than the city code requires. The county plans to buy property on Fassifern Court for 123 spaces, supplementing 102  spaces on campus between the old and new buildings. Although the existing Dietz Field bleachers would remain, plans call for new concrete bleachers extending north.

The new school would have 54 classrooms and 10 offices.
Because the project is larger than 50,000 square feet it requires a special-use permit. The City Council also must approve rezoning from C-3 Highway Business (Boyd property) and R-6 high density residential (the current high school) to Planned Institutional Development.