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

Johnson High Redevelopment

The future campus of the former Johnson High School must have a vision that supports and enhances the existing context. Encompassing almost fifty acres of land off Winchester Road, the parcel is large enough to accommodate a range of uses, and near enough to the future Northern Bypass that it may attract private development interest. The charge is to create a plan that is market-viable and that would also contribute to the quality of life of the community.

 

Vision

  • New development on the property has had a positive impact on the quality of life in the neighborhoods surrounding the JO Johnson site.
  • The project has served as a catalyst for market-based reinvestment in North Huntsville.
  • The project is connected by street, bike, and pedestrian routes into the surrounding neighborhoods.

Summary

Surrounded by established single-family neighborhoods, the future of this high school campus must have a vision that supports and enhances the existing context. Encompassing almost fifty acres of land off Winchester Road, the parcel is large enough to accommodate a range of uses, and near enough to the future Northern Bypass that it may attract private development interest. The charge is to create a plan that is market-viable and that would also contribute to the quality of life of the community.

After several public meetings, including a vision survey and a planning workshop, a draft plan outlined a small community square delineated by the existing gym and new commercial, live/work spaces, surrounded by a variety of medium-density residential developments and parks and walking paths that would buffer the existing neighborhoods. Still very much a work in progress, it nonetheless represents a step toward realizing a positive new investment in North Huntsville.

The City of Huntsville will issue a Request for Proposals in December 2017 to solicit potential projects from developers interested in working toward this community vision.

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Next steps for the J.O. Johnson campus

Actions

  • Project: Complete master plan for future disposition of site, based on existing community input.
  • Project: Rehab and retain existing gym and ancillary spaces to serve as recreation and community center.