Roanoke City Council last night voted to approve the proposal to sell the shuttered Huff Lane Elementary School near Valley View Mall to a developer who plans to build two hotels and a restaurant.
According to a story by Roanoke Times reporter Courtney Cutright, no one signed up to speak to council about the proposal.
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In other council news, no one signed up to speak about a proposal to sell the shuttered Huff Lane Elementary School to commercial developer NDRA II, LLCs.
When Mayor David Bowers asked for anyone opposed to stand, one man did. The council then voted unanimously to approve the proposal.
“Well, why’d you ask me to stand?” the man asked.
“I always do,” Bowers answered. “Everyone has a right to stand.”
City officials said the sale process, which includes time for due diligence and rezoning, could take 12 to 14 months to complete. Two hotels and a restaurant are planned for the 5.3-acre portion of the parcel facing Valley View Boulevard.
The Roanoke School Board closed the school in 2009 to close a budget shortfall. The school’s students were transferred to nearby Round Hill Elementary School, which is bursting at the seams.
The sale is a “way the schools will be able to build out Round Hill, where the resources aren’t available to do so,” said Councilman Court Rosen.