The John H. Enders Fire and Rescue Company is asking the Clarke County Public Schools to allow a 25K square foot parking lot expansion on the eastern edge of the Johnson Williams Middle School campus. The expansion would more than double Enders’ existing parking capacity, which is already on school property, through expansion of a lease agreement between the schools and the fire company.
In presenting the parking proposal to the School Board last on May 16, Dr. Michael Murphy said that drainage issues associated with Town Run made the property unlikely to be used by the schools.
Click here to view an landscape architectural design provided by Enderr Fire Company (click to view) Enders Parking Layout 03-11-11
Enders Fire Company owns the current 9,000 square foot parking lot located behind the fire hall. The option for an additional 10,000 square foot area was renewed under a 2009 real estate lease between the Clarke County School Board and John H. Enders Fire Company (see area “E” below). Under the agreement, which expires in 2019, Enders leases the parking lot property from CCPS for $1.00 per year. In return Clarke County Public Schools has the right to terminate the agreement if the land is needed for other purposes, the right to soil excavated during construction and may use the parking facility when it is not being used by Enders.
All modifications made to the property must be approved by the CCPS with all construction and insurance costs provided by Enders.
According to diagrams provided by Enders, two additional parking lot options (see diagram areas “E2” & “D”) that appear to equal or exceed the current proposed 24,850 square foot parking area are also outlined .
There was no immediate response from School Board members either “for” or “against” the parking expansion proposal. Murphy said that representatives from Enders Fire Company will be invited to speak in more detail about the proposal at the June 6th regular school board meeting.
UPDATED: On Thursday afternoon Enders President Chris Shipe clarified the diagrams submitted by fire company below. Enders Attachment B, area “E” represents the 10,000 square foot lease area renewed in 2009. Areas “E2” and “D” represent approximately 15,000 square feet of non-parking drainage that will move water from the parking area into Town Run.
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Enders Fire Company rents its existing parking area from Clarke County Public Schools. Enders owns the parking area.