Hollywood commission to discuss fate of proposed charter school in Hillcrest

A proposal to put a charter school in the heart of Hillcrest, a community made up mainly of residents who are 55 and older, is expected to draw protesters to Wednesday’s Hollywood City Commission meeting.

The owner of a now-closed recreation building at 1100 Hillcrest Dr., which is next to a residential building, wants to convert it to a charter school for 850 students.

At last month’s Planning and Development Board meeting, Florida Intercultural Academy officials spoke in favor of retrofitting the old building with classrooms, a cafeteria and outside play areas. The attorney representing the developers, HarwinTobin LLC and 110 Hillcrest Drive LLC, also told the board that the school would only enhance the area.

But Hillcrest residents say the school would destroy their peace and quiet.

The developers need approval from the commission for the project to go through.

The Hillcrest item is one of several items on Wednesday’s agenda. The commission will also give out $171,500 in reimbursement grants to about 20 local non-profits. Another $20,000 will be set aside for teachers who are in need of money for projects.

This year, the city was asked for more than $332,000.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hollywood City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Blvd. The Hillcrest Item will be discussed at 5:15 p.m.