The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board Tuesday approved a $26 million contract to build an elementary/middle school that will support a West Boulevard community redevelopment project.
The Renaissance West Community Initiative, a $90 million project on the site of the old Boulevard Homes public housing complex, aims to provide mixed-income housing, health and social services and “cradle-to-career” educational opportunities.
The school, financed by 2013 bonds, is scheduled to open in 2017, pulling students from the Reid Park and Berryhill zones. Rodgers Builders got the contract.
Renaissance West organizers initially planned to create a charter school, following a model set by nationally known efforts such as New York’s Harlem Children’s Zone and Atlanta’s East Lake revival. But in 2014 the group withdrew its charter application and announced plans to work with CMS on a school to serve neighborhood students.
The school, which has not been named, will be led by a council made up of CMS staff and community members chosen by RWCI.
Other parts of the project include apartments, a child care center, a senior center and health services.