Lexington Two plans new Brookland-Cayce High School basketball arena, elementary school

Lexington School District 2 has announced plans for a new high school basketball arena and the relocation of the site for a new elementary school.

The plans were made public Thursday night at the district’s board meeting.

Arena Knox-Abbott

Photos of architectural renderings by Terry Ward

A new 1,500-seat basketball arena for Brookland-Cayce High School is planned at 613 Knox Abbott Drive in Cayce. The district has purchased 3.10 acres for the $10.5 million arena that will be built on a site currently occupied by a Motel 6. The hotel will be demolished to make room for the new facility.

The district also announced it plans to build a new elementary school on 16.73 acres along Cougar Drive, across from Northside Middle School.

The $31.8 million school will house students in kindergarten through fifth grade and will combine Brookland-Cayce Grammar School No. 1 and Pineview Elementary School students.

New-schoolThe new elementary school originally was planned for Henbet Drive, at a site just west of Lexington Medical Center, off of Sunset Boulevard. But the S.C. Department of Transportation required road adjustments at the site that would have cost the district as much as $8 million.

That school also would have taken students from Saluda River Academy for the Arts (SRAA), but the new plan calls for SRAA to stay open. The elementary school on Duke Street also will be the recipient of an $8.5 million renovation and expansion.

To get the acreage needed for the new school, the district purchased three tracts of property along Cougar Drive adjacent to property already owned by Lexington Two. The three tracts combined provide the district with an additional 12.36 acres. This property, along with the 4.37 acres already owned by the district, will provide 16.73 acres to build the new school, district officials said.

Construction on the basketball arena could begin in the spring of 2017, with a opening date set for the fall of 2018. The elementary school, according to an estimated schedule, would be completed in August of 2018. The SRAA renovation would be complete by August 2019, according to planners.

Arena BC EntranceThe site for the new arena will have five, or possibly six, new tennis courts, more parking, a weight room, locker rooms, and space for trophy cases and concessions, according to Todd Sease, of West Columbia-based Jumper Carter Sease Architects.

The facade of the arena would be similar to the new Brookland-Cayce High football stadium that is located east of the planned arena site.

Sumter-based Thompson Turner Construction is the contractor on both projects, and the SRAA renovation. The firm of Jumper Carter Sease is the architect. The construction of the facilities, and the SRAA renovation, are being funded by the $225 million bond referendum that Lexington Two voters passed in 2014.

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