Conceptual drawings for the new Charles Carroll Community Center will be up for review and discussion at a community forum on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
The forum, headed by County Commissioner Stephen Wantz, R-District 1, is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. that evening at the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Department, 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Westminster.
All interested residents are invited to attend this meeting, an update on the progress of the center, which is slated to replace the former Charles Carroll Elementary School that was demolished earlier this year.
“I had put together a Silver Run-Union Mills advisory group last year,” Wantz said this week, “and the intent of this group was to specifically look at this project. So we met last month and looked at conceptual drawings that the chosen architect put together, and out of the gate it looked very exciting.
“But that group is made up of 18 citizens,” he said. “We thought that the next step before they really start to get into the design mode would be to pull those from the community and certainly surrounding areas to hear their ideas on what they would like to see there.”
Wantz, county staff and Lance Tarbell from Mimar Architects & Engineers will be among those present at the Pleasant Valley fire department on Oct. 16 to review and discuss the conceptual drawings.
The commissioner said he believes the case with Charles Carroll Elementary School is different than other schools that were closed at the end of the 2015-2016 school year — the New Windsor Middle and North Carroll High schools.
The others have been repurposed in some way in their existing form, he said, and this school is being completely redone.
“The school was completely eliminated from that community,” Wantz said, “so this project is very, very important to that community up there, to bring some sense of stability back.
“And that's why I think it’s so important to get the opinion of what the folks up there would like to see,” he said. “I don’t know if we’ll be able to do all they’d want to see because we have a limited budget, but it will give us a good base to design around.”