Chavez Prep is getting ready to add a gymnasium addition to the east side of the building.
In checking out the Cesar Chavez Charter School’s Chavez Prep Campus — located at 770 Kenyon — over the weekend I noted that they are in the beginning stages of preparing for their planned gymnasium addition. When I first reported on this addition, I didn’t have as much information to share with the public as I would have liked, but now have more details.
While the building permit was still in the review process when I checked on Friday, it looked far enough along that it could be issued soon. According to the general plans of the addition that I received, the addition will be constructed above the parking lot, preserving the first level for the off street parking the school already has. The gym will be on the second level.
Chavez had hoped to start the project in late June, which clearly hasn’t happened. I know they have a tight window for construction as they want to have the major work done prior to the start of the school year this fall.
Below is a general sketch of what the addition will basically look like from the street. Frankly, I think the design would have been better if it had gone through the Historic Preservation Office’s design review process. But, currently charter schools, even those in District owned school buildings, are not subject to that review process.
Last month I posted a history of the Bruce School for those interested in knowing more about the building.
Elevation concept sketch of Chavez Prep’s gym addition.