Beacon School Complex

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Illustration of proposed Beacon Hill ComplexThe City of Decatur has employed the team of Rutledge Alcock Architects of Decatur, Craig Gaulden Davis Architects of Greenville, SC and Lord Cultural Resources of New York to complete a master plan for renovation or redevelopment of the Beacon School complex at 420 West Trinity Place. This building presently houses the Decatur Police Department, the Ebster Recreation Center, dance and choral performance spaces and artists’ studios.

Two community meetings were held on July 20 and July 21 to discuss the goals of the planning process, describe the building objectives and obtain input from residents, patrons of the building, and alumni of the Herring Street and Trinity High Schools. In addition, all the major building occupants have met with the design team to discuss their programming needs, including the representatives of Decatur Police Department, the Decatur Active Living and Children and Youth Services Divisions, the Decatur School of Ballet, the Decatur Civic Chorus, and the various studio artists who use the building.

>July 20/21 Public Input Presentation (PDF)

Rutledge Alcock Architects and Lord Cultural Resources presented options for re-use of the Beacon School complex at a public meeting on September 21, 2010 at the Decatur Recreation Center. The presentation and plans are presented below.

The City’s priorities for the project are:
1. Up-to-date Police Department and Municipal Court.
2. Recreation Facilities.
3. Non-Profit Cultural Arts Programs.

The plan includes a new Police Department and Municipal Court, a renovated Active Living gym and recreation center and a wing devoted to non-profit arts activities. An outdoor lawn and plaza area would be available for performances, movies and other community events. Much of the existing gym, library and school building would become a “living museum” honoring alumni of the Herring Street, Trinity High and Beacon Schools.

Preliminary estimates of the cost of implementing the master plan are $15-20 million. No funding has been identified for this project at this time.

For additional information about the master planning process, contact Hugh Saxon, Deputy City Manager, at 678-553-6507,  

> Beacon School Redevelopment presentation (PDF)
> Site plan and first floor plan (PDF)
> Second floor plan (PDF)

Birds eye view of complex  Proposed design from Police Department 
 Proposed courtyard view  Proposed view from Ebster Gym
 Birds eye view of proposed courtyard  

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