The Elmwood Village Charter School has been so successful that it's now doubling its operation by adding a second location in the former Cardinal Dougherty High School building to meet demand.
The school, currently located at 40 Days Park, bought the former high school from Acquest Development for $3.1 million, and is now seeking to renovate it to put it back to its former educational use. The $2.262 million project received the go-ahead from the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday.
Located at 655 Hertel Avenue, near Elmwood Avenue, the 61,336-square-foot former school was originally constructed in 1958, but has more recently been used by the Cantalician Center. The 8.4-acre property was purchased by Acquest in January for use as warehouse storage and office space.
Elmwood Village Charter plans to duplicate its existing educational program at the new location, starting in the fall of 2017 and eventually building it up to an enrollment of 450 students, said architect Jonathan Morris of Carmina Wood Morris PC. It will begin with 150 students in Kindergarten through second grade, and then add two classrooms per grade – about 50 students per year – over time until it reaches full occupancy through eighth grade.
The current Days Park location will continue operating as is. "They've got quite a waiting list to get into that building, so the board decided to duplicate that program at the second site," Morris said.
He said there are no changes planned to the exterior of the building, other than adding a vestibule at a corner entry, making general repairs and repaving half of the parking lot and the bus loop. Entry to the site will be off Hertel.