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Editorial: CES property

Posted: August 2, 2018 3:02 p.m.
Updated: August 3, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Readers will note a story on today’s front page by senior writer Martin L. Cahn regarding Camden Elementary School. The story notes that Camden Elementary students are expected to be able to start the new year, January 2019, in their brand new, state-of-the-art school building on Laurens Street.

That’s good news, of course. The building looks great and excitement is increasing as the building nears completion.

What is not as clear at this point is what, exactly, will happen to the property upon which Camden Elementary School currently is located, some 7.5 acres bordered by Laurens, Lyttleton and Fair streets. According to Cahn’s story, the school district is in the process of getting an appraisal regarding the “best use” of this property. Once that report is completed and delivered to the district, the school board will be able to make some decisions.

We strongly urge the district to proceed very carefully. This property is located in the heart of Camden’s historic district; it is an important gateway to that district. The surrounding properties is all zoned R-15, which is the city’s residential designation that allows for the lightest density; with the exception of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, which is zoned O-I, a light office/commercial type district.

We applaud the district’s efforts in ensuring the new Camden Elementary School building and property was designed, built and redeveloped so that blends in harmoniously with the rest of the area.

Let’s make sure we do the same for the old Camden Elementary School property as well.

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