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A rendering of the new charter school planned for Ocoee.
A rendering of the new charter school planned for Ocoee. (Patrick M. Pillot)

Ocoee approved zoning for Renaissance Charter School at Westyn Bay this week, with subcontractor bid opportunities to open soon for the planned tilt-up construction project.

Charter Schools USA, an education management company, plans to waste no time getting construction started on the 10.6-acre parcel on West Road, directly east of the Publix-anchored Fountains West Shopping Center on Ocoee-Apopka Road.

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The new K-8 charter school is scheduled to open in August and enrollment is underway, though final plans for the school have yet to be approved by the city.

Red Apple Development LLC, a company that focuses on the acquisition, design and development of private, public and charter schools, was chosen by Charter Schools USA the developer and Summit Construction Group will manage the construction.

Michael Rumer, Ocoee's city planner, said a second draft of the school's plans is expected soon. Tilt-up construction should offer a quick building method for the school.

Colleen Reynolds, president of Edge Communications and the school's information manager, said the new school will be complete and ready to open in August.

No subcontractor contracts have been awarded yet for work on the 68,000-square-foot school, which will feature a recreational field and tot lot at The Arbours at Crown Point development.

There was some citizen opposition to the school. The rezoning meeting was heavily attended, with complaints focused on worries over heavy traffic. The entrance and exit to the school will be on West Road. A secondary access on Fountain West Boulevard is planned for exit only during drop-off and pick-up times.

A traffic study determined the school traffic would not diminish road capacity to an unacceptable threshold.

Patrick M. Pillot out of Sarasota is the project architect.

Teresa Burney can be reached at 352-455-1955, or at teresaburney4@gmail.com. Follow GrowthSpotter on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

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