City Schools of Decatur buying property next to Westchester Elementary

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 10, 2016
Westchester Elementary School will reopen as an elementary school on Aug. 4. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Westchester Elementary School was previously used as City Schools of Decatur’s Central Office before the School Board moved to the Beacon Municipal Center. File Photo

City Schools of Decatur is buying a .3 acre tract next to Weschester Elementary School.

The School Board on Tuesday, Feb. 9, unanimously voted to authorize a purchase and sale agreement for 208 Westchester Drive. The purchase price is $489,000. The closing date is March 11, 2016. The sellers are Matthew and Melody Simpkins.

School Board member Lewis Jones said the property will likely be used for overflow parking for the school, which has a small lot.

“The idea is I think is for overflow parking and maybe some access,” Jones said. “There’s nowhere to park. People are always parking up on the grass.”

The School Board has gone under contract for several pieces of property within the last year.

Over the summer, the School Board voted to go under contract for property along Talley Street. In November, the School Board also voted to go under contract for property adjacent to the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center.

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