Tapestry Charter School’s expansion plans are moving forward.
The fast-growing K-12 school in North Buffalo wants to construct a three-story building at 111 Great Arrow Ave. for its kindergarten through fifth grade classes, which would move over from its current main building adjacent to the new site. In turn, that would create more space for the school’s upper grades to enroll more students as demand grows.
The school currently enrolls 825 students, but plans more than 1,000, Tapestry Executive Director Eric Klapper has said.
The Buffalo Planning Board this week gave the project the green light. It approved the site plan with two minor modifications. One involves narrowing a portion of the curb to meet fire code. The other calls for narrowing a driveway.
Tapestry Charter School plans to spend $11 million to construct the 60,158-square-foot building, which will be located on a 7.6-acre former industrial property at one end of Lincoln Parkway.
The building – clad with red, blue, gray and off-white metal and stone panels – would include a large gymnasium, administrative areas, classrooms, a cafeteria, a classroom for the arts and a laboratory for science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).
The project also would add a soccer field, green space and 83 additional parking spaces for employees, on top of the 75 existing spaces at the other building at 65 Great Arrow.
Tapestry, which opened in September 2001, is a K-12 "arts-integrated" and "expeditionary learning" school that started with 100 students up to fourth grade, before adding one grade a year. It reached 12th grade in 2009-2010, with 515 students.