A representative for the Athenian Charter Academy of Estero returned to seek Design Review Board comments on changes they have made to their proposed K-8, two-story, 68,000 square foot charter school on the east side of Via Coconut Point, in the southwest portion of the Estero Community Park.
They initially presented to the Board on July 27, 2016. At that time, the Board made a number of comments regarding the classical architecture and tying it in with the airnasium, adding columns in the porte cochere, and landscaping the tot lot.
At this meeting, Board members agreed that the design had been improved but that additional detail is needed to break up the length of the building. They suggested the window surrounds be wider, adding ornamental details to create depth, and the porte cochere needs to be broken up with pilasters, among other recommendations.
The school plans to open in August 2017 and will house 1148 students. It will include two soccer fields and shared facilities with the Estero Community Park and Estero High School. There will be pedestrian connectivity to the plaza space in the center of the school building and to the soccer fields and the “airnasium”, outdoor covered sport court.
Additional details are available in the minutes of this meeting.