City leaders discuss options for Richmond Community High School

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - This week city leaders will start working on plans to figure out what to do with the old Richmond Community High School.

One glance at the school along Patterson Avenue in Richmond -- and you can tell something is missing -- the students -- it's been closed since the beginning of the school year.

City councilman Bruce Tyler says the city is working to build something on the site that will be as beneficial as the former school.

"There are all kinds of rumblings and opportunities being presented...everything from a hospital to a long term care facility, to a multi-family housing retail."

But whatever they do the parents we talked to say they would like to see the playground in the back stay.

"This is a great place that we can walk to and spend time out doors and we would have to find a new place if it wasn't here and i don't know where that we would be," said parent Susan Taliaferro.

The future of the play ground is up in the air -- but city leaders say the nearby baseball field will definitely stay. The district closed the school because it was too expensive to bring it up to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The city plans to hold several public meetings about the future of the site -- one thing they don't want -- is for the building to stay vacant for a long period of time, creating an eye sore and a possible spot for crime.

The city says it hopes to have a solid proposal for the property in about 6 months.

If you want to give feedback on the future of the site, there will be a meeting Tuesday, May 25th from 6:30pm to 8pm at Mary Munford Elementary School.

The address is 211 Wesmoreland Street.

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