William T. Abare Jr., president of Flagler College, said on Wednesday that construction of the college’s new academic building will begin by June 2013. Construction time is expected to be less than a year. See below for details of the president’s announcement.
Monday night, the St. Augustine City Commission approved Flagler College’s request for a modification in zoning to permit the construction of a new classroom building at 31 Cordova Street, the current location of the College’s Communication Building. By a 3-2 vote, the City Commission voted to modify the zoning from HP-3 to PUD (Planned Unit Development).
The proposed classroom building includes three distinct two-story buildings that will all be connected by a single story building. The buildings will contain 18,600 square feet and will provide 8 classrooms, a television studio, 4 faculty offices, and a commons area furnished with study tables, chairs, and lounge furniture.
The project enables efficient use of space already owned and used by the College in a location that the College has occupied since 1989.
The design of the new classroom building reflects the First and Second Spanish Period, as required by City Code, and will replace the concrete block Communication Building that was constructed in the 1950s. At its meeting in November 2011, the Historic Architectural Review Board approved the College’s request to raze the existing building.
It is anticipated that construction of the new classroom building will get underway by June of 2013 and that the building will be completed by May of 2014.
William T. Abare, Jr., Ed.D.