Hollywood commission to vote Wednesday on charter school next to senior residential community



The Hollywood Commission will consider giving final approval to a proposal to put a charter school in Hillcrest, a community where the majority of the residents are 55 years old and older, on Wednesday.

The meeting is the culmination of a months-long battle between the residents who say a school doesn’t belong in that area and the developers who say a school is a perfect fit for the changing community.

The developers, Hardin Tobin LLC and 1100 Hillcrest Drive LLC, need the City Commission’s approval in order to build the school for Florida Intercultural Academy, which has outgrown its home at a Hollywood church..

At a meeting last month, the commission gave initial approval, but said the school would have to address parking and traffic concerns in order to get final approval.

More than 200 people packed city hall for the first meeting — some from the residential community and some from the school.

The K-8 charter school would be housed in a now-shuttered recreation building at 1100 Hillcrest Dr. It would eventually hold 850 students.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Hollywood City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Blvd.

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