The Big Picure: Your Study. Your Vision. Your Plan for the City of Huntsville

Sandra Moon Complex Master Plan

Transform the former Grissom High campus by leveraging the existing assets – location, land, theatre, recreation facilities – and adding new ones – library, open space, bike and ped connections, parking upgrades for the site can take on a new life as a “town center” for the community around it.

Vision

  • The former campus on Bailey Cove Road has redeveloped a “neighborhood node” that hosts community events and serves as a mini-Downtown for the surrounding neighborhoods.
  • The activities on the repurposed campus have catalyzed reinvestment in adjacent commercial and residential properties, and improved property values.   
  • A localized arts district has taken shape around the repurposed theatre.

Summary

The new Grissom High School relocated to their new campus off South Parkway. The remaining campus, now known as the Sandra Moon Complex, on Bailey Cove Road will provide a unique opportunity for South Huntsville. By leveraging the existing assets – location, land, theatre, recreation facilities – and adding new ones – library, open space, bike and ped connections, parking upgrades – the site can take on a new life as a “town center” for the community around it.

The project can serve as a template for the sort of creative place-making approach that could occur throughout the city. By developing the site as an amenity and a destination, it can spur reinvestment in residential neighborhoods around it, and redevelopment of commercial properties nearby. This is a key strategy for revitalizing older sections of the city, and improving the general quality of life at the same time. 


READ:

Digging into the details: Plans for the former Grissom High Site

Performance and recreation space coming to the former Grissom Campus

Actions

  • Support HMCPL efforts to build a new branch as sited on the master plan.
  • Mandate bike and pedestrian connectivity from surrounding developments, including multi-use paths and wider-than-standard sidewalks.
  • Redevelop gymnasiums and recreation fields to serve as public facilities managed by the City of Huntsville’s Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Develop a master plan for re-use of former Grissom campus.
  • Support Huntsville-Madison County Public Library efforts to build a new branch as sited on the master plan.
  • Renovate existing theatre for management by Arts Huntsville and for use by local arts groups.
  • Redevelop gymnasiums and recreation fields to serve as public facilities managed by the City of Huntsville’s Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Mandate bike and pedestrian connectivity from surrounding developments, including multi-use paths and wider-than-standard sidewalks.