Hoover Zoning Board Recommends Approval for Schoolhouse Addition to Bluff Park
The Hoover Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday night recommended city council approve a 10-classroom addition to Bluff Park Elementary School.
The one-story addition would be located at the front of the school along Park Avenue, right next to the school entrance.
Phil Black of B Group Architecture, who are designing the addition, said the school is at 95% capacity and needs additional space.
Bluff Park Elementary School principal Ami Weems said in January when hiring B Group Architecture that the school’s classrooms were not overwhelmed and the school had been able to maintain student-teacher ratios consistent with those of other Hoover elementary schools. However, keeping those ratios as low as possible is something that has always been important to schools in Hoover City, she said.
As new homes are built in the area and many families with young children continue to move to Bluff Park, the school — which already has just over 600 students — is expected to expand, Weems said.
Superintendent Dee Fowler said the potential future redistricting of school attendance zones would likely also increase Bluff Park Elementary’s student population.
Weems said some Bluff Park support staff already share space and could greatly benefit from having their own instruction spaces. Some of the staff who share the space include ESL teachers, occupational therapists, college coaches and interventionists, she said.
Matt Wilson, director of school system operations, said in January the plan was to have the addition built and open by fall 2023. Hoover City Council is expected to consider the addition application in June. .
In other business Monday night, the zoning board:
- Approval of preliminary plans for the second phase of the community of Everlee under construction between Ross Bridge and Lake Cyrus. Signature Homes plans to have 116 homes in the second phase.
- Preliminary plans approved for four commercial buildings of approximately 27,000 combined square feet to be constructed on approximately 4.5 acres along US 280 across from the Walmart Supercenter. Developer Allen Hawkins has submitted plans showing space for six commercial tenants in the four buildings, but Hawkins said he was not yet ready to release tenant names. The commercial development is called Cahaba Pointe.
- Recommended that City Council approve a request from the Pizza Hut at 2312 John Hawkins Parkway to add a pick-up window on the southeast side of the building, on the condition that no outside speakers or microphone systems be permitted .
- Recommended that City Council approve a request by Lake Crest Presbyterian Church to move to Suite 320 of the Chase Commerce Park Office Building at 3829 Lorna Road, on the condition that no more than 99 people be allowed in the church space and that no more than 12 people be allowed to meet there during business hours. Pastor Thomas Joseph said in a letter that the church currently has about 35 members and expects Sunday morning services to have 25 to 35 people in attendance with eight to 15 vehicles. Wednesday and Sunday evening meetings typically involve eight to 15 people, he wrote. The church is looking to move into the building closest to Riverchase Drive.
The zoning board was to consider an application from American Pet Resorts to build a 15,000 square foot Pet Paradise facility that can house up to 175 dogs on a 2-acre parcel at the southwest corner of Stadium Trace Parkway and Brock’s Gap Parkway. However, this case continued until June 13 at the request of American Pet Resorts.
The zoning board also postponed review of preliminary plans for a six-lot, single-family development at 2560 Woodmeadow Lane until June 13.