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Slight delay ahead for Langston school site

Gary B. Gray • Feb 15, 2017 at 10:48 PM

Though there is nothing official on Thursday’s Johnson City Commission agenda regarding a programming plan for the renovated Langston High School gymnasium, it appears there will be a slight delay in cleanup at the site.

Shaw & Shanks Architects has requested a 30-day extension on behalf of Construction Partners LLC to complete work associated with the partial demolition and wing modifications to the former Langston High School gymnasium.

The original $577,700 contract sum will not change, but substantial completion will move to April 6.

“They mobilized to do the demolition but the ‘Remembrance Arch’ (original entry way) will be preserved near the front,” said Charlie Stahl, assistant city manager. “They are now trying to get in there and remove the debris. But they felt it was a risk using heavy equipment between the gym and the arch, so they’re having to bring in lighter equipment, and doing so will take a bit longer.”

A group interested in preserving as much of the former all-black high school as possible has been working with the architect and city officials, and some form of programming/use plan will likely be submitted soon.

City commissioners last year approved $4 million to move Johnson City School’s maintenance operations out of the old facility and into the former MINCO building, as well as demolishing and renovating part of the former high school site.

About $1.5 million was budgeted for the latter.

Commissioners also will consider a third and final reading of an ordinance to rezone about four acres along Bristol Highway from planned business to planned residential.

Wade Hughes, who owns the land, has proposed a 35-unit, single-family development on the property. A concept plan depicts a new access road to the highway, sidewalks and a storm water retention area. The Johnson City Regional Planning Commission unanimously approved the plan Jan. 10.

Commissioners also will consider a street closure request from Mountain State Health Alliance to accommodate the Run for Your Buns 5K — Colon Health Awareness road race scheduled for Saturday March 4 from 7-a.m. to 11 a.m.

The start and finish will be at Franklin Woods Community Hospital. The course is the same route used by the Wellness Center’s typical 5K, which begins on Med Tech Parkway, continues on Knob Creek Road to Sunset Drive and continues on the greenbelt ending back at the Hospital

Commissioners also will consider four appointments to the Johnson City Industrial Development Board to fill seats expiring this month. The recommended spots include the re-appointment of Bobby Jobe, Gerald Thomas and Jim Thornton and the appointment of Tony Treadway.

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