Liberty Gives Update On Board Of Ed Property Plans
Liberty Development Co. Development Director Dru Siley provided an update on the company’s plans for the Board of Education Warren Road properties at the Board’s meeting on April 23. The presentation included a preliminary rendering of a redeveloped 1456 Warren Road building, the former Recreation Department home that will be the future home of the Board offices.
Although Liberty has not formally closed on the properties yet, Siley noted that two significant steps have been completed or nearly completed: the approval of historic preservation status by the City of Lakewood for the 1456 building (built in 1879 as East Rockport School) and rezoning the properties to commercial status (City Council to consider at its next meeting).
To accommodate the space needs of the Central Office staff, the East Rockport building will be enlarged from 6,000 square feet to approximately 9,800 square feet with a 2-story addition to the south of the building. The connector walkway between the 1456 and 1470 buildings will be removed to allow for construction of the addition.
The renderings of the exterior and interior of 1456 show a mix of the historic with the modern with lots of tall windows, high ceilings and exposed brick to give it an open and airy feeling.
Siley predicted that work will begin late this summer with a projected finish date of Fall 2019. During the period of construction, the Board operations will continue in the current space at 1470 Warren Road.