- 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.
Grissom High School relocated to their new campus off South Parkway in 2017. The remaining campus, now known as the Sandra Moon Complex, on Bailey Cove Road provides 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 will take on a new life as a “town center” for the community around it.
The project serves 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 spurs 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.
Last modified: July 27th, 2022 at 3:19 pm
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.