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St. John's Episcopal School halts expansion plans

St. John’s Episcopal Day School will re-evaluate the project this summer.

EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times

St. John’s Episcopal Day School will re-evaluate the project this summer.

HYDE PARK — Facing resistance from neighbors, St. John's Episcopal Parish Day School has halted plans to expand its lower division campus.

The school, at 906 S Orleans Ave., will re-evaluate the project this summer, said spokeswoman Lee Lowry.

"We are going to look at our facilities and make the best of what we have now as well as plan what is best for our future," Lowry said. "We haven't quit but we've stepped back."

The school's original plans called for an increase in the size of the parish hall along with the addition of a gym and classroom space. It also included the relocation of a historic home adjacent to the school and the demolition of another home across the street.

But after outcry from neighbors, the school withdrew its application regarding the historic homes from the city's architectural review board and requested a continuance on the expansion plans.

Concerns among neighbors included how the expansion would affect both the density and historical integrity of the neighborhood.

The school hopes that by revisiting the plans, it can work with neighbors from the beginning on a plan that makes sense for everyone, Lowry said.

"This facility is still not going to do it," Lowry said. "We still really need updating and need more dedicated space for art and science."

Shelley Rossetter can be reached at srossetter@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3401.

St. John's Episcopal School halts expansion plans 06/13/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 6:50pm]
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