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North Side to add more parking

FWCS to buy lot where former Kelley carwash stood

– Visitors to North Side High School will one day have access to more parking with the district’s purchase of a carwash formerly owned by Kelley Chevrolet.

Fort Wayne Community Schools board members unanimously approved a plan Tuesday to move forward with the $328,500 purchase of the property at 505 E. State Blvd.

The land, just east of the school, will be paid for out of the district’s capital projects fund.

Board member Steve Corona was not present at Tuesday’s board meeting.

The decision to buy the land was made in part because of a need for additional parking and more lawn area but also to provide a better view of the front entrance of the school, board President Mark GiaQuinta said

“It’s one of those parcels you just want to own,” GiaQuinta said.

“It’s really important for us to control this land (surrounding North Side),” he added.

It was not clear Tuesday when work on the new parking lot and additional lawn would begin.

Board member Lisa Olinger asked district leaders to ask the city about banning left turns from State Boulevard into what will be the new parking area.

Olinger said she knows of many accidents where vehicles have turned left and been “T-boned” by oncoming traffic.

Facilities Director Darren Hess said the district could request a change, but he said that signs are already in place to prohibit drivers from turning left during certain hours.

Also Tuesday, the board approved a contract with Hamilton Hunter Builders Inc. for renovations to the Snider High School kitchen and serving line.

The contract will cost $1,573,165 and will be paid for by the district’s REPAIR project as part of the School Building Basic Renewal/Restoration & Safety Project and the nutritional services equipment Reserve account.

The work is expected to be completed by August.

The board also elected officers during Tuesday’s meeting. GiaQuinta will continue to serve as board president, Julie Hollingsworth will serve as board vice president and Corona will serve as board secretary.