To make that happen the Woods Cross City Council amended a Commercial Park Development Agreement Tuesday night, to allow some portions of the school to exceed current height regulations.
The school, now located in North Salt Lake, is relocating to the northwest corner of an industrial park west of 1100 West and north of 2600 South being developed by former Layton Mayor Jerry Stevenson.
But ground has not been broken and utilities have not been put in, pending council approval of the amendment. For school to open on time, improvements must be in no later than July 1.
“This is a work in progress. We have a contractor on site and will be asking to put the infrastructure in very fast,” Stevenson told council members.
The school will eventually have two buildings, each with a wing which will be two stories, 38 feet high, most of that in parapet walls.
City ordinance doesn’t allow anything taller than 25 feet to be built in industrial zones.
Other phases of construction, including a future field house will also exceed city limits.
The agreement stipulates that with the exception of portions of the school, height requirements will remain 25 feet for other construction in the area.
The school is to be built of wood, instead of steel. If it were of steel, it would be even taller, according to the project’s architect Shane Trump with MATN Architects.
The council also amended a portion of the contract which placed liability for construction on Stevenson and the school.
However, Stevenson said he would solely be liable for construction costs, and city administrator Gary Uresk told council members there’s a bond agreement in place to ensure that’s taken care of.
The school currently has 500 students in grades K-9. When both buildings are finished on the new campus, one will house elementary-age students, and the other junior and senior high students, according to Tina Gehring, a member of the school’s board of directors and a parent of a student there.
In addition to the school, the plan calls for the field house, which will have a college-sized regulation basketball court.
Addressing concerns previously brought up by those living in nearby residential areas, Trump said the school will create much less traffic and more green space than it would if it had been developed as a business.
He said the school has bus service, meaning not all parents will be dropping their kids off each morning.