Red Bank Planning Commission votes in favor of land swap

Red Bank Planning Commission votes in favor of land swap

April 27th, 2011 by Katie Ward in Community Hixson

Now that Red Bank Planning Commission's seven-member board has voted in favor of selling the property behind Red Bank High School to the Hamilton County School Board to build the upcoming Red Bank Middle School, the decision will come before the Red Bank Board of Commissioners May 3 at 7 p.m. inside Red Bank City Hall.

A public hearing on the matter has already been conducted for citizen input on the decision.

According to Red Bank Public Works Director Wayne Hamill, 14-plus acres will go to the Hamilton County School Board for the new Red Bank Middle School. Through the land swap, the citizens of Red Bank will receive prime commercial property in the heart of the city where the current Red Bank Middle School is located.

He said the city already received two five-acre tracts on Stringers Ridge gifted by Dr. Bloome.

"It's an all-around good thing," said Hamill. "It's good for everyone. It's a win-win-win scenario."

Red Bank Mayor Monty Millard said the Red Bank Swimming Pool, Henry Luken Boxing Arena and the Red Bank Dixie Youth fields will not be affected by the land swap. He said the Red Bank Girls Softball Association fields will be affected by the land transfer.

"TWH Architects have been planning the new Red Bank Middle School for awhile," said Hamill. "It will probably look like the new Hixson Middle School."