County to lease land for new charter school

The Vance County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal during Monday’s regular meeting to lease 1.95 acres of land for the use of the newly-formed Henderson Collegiate Charter School.

The land is located near the Vance Manor Building.

The fledgling school asked for a lease of up to three years at $1 per year. A representative of the school told members that the school intends to locate permanently in the REEF (Recreation, Education, Economic, and Family) Project (also known as the Zene Street Warehouse Project) when it is completed. The REEF Project was recently endorsed for grant funding from the Golden LEAF Foundation, and a decision by that organization’s board is pending.

No start or completion dates for the refurbishment of the Zene Street warehouse have been stated.

The school’s actual use of the land must be approved by the Zoning Board of Adjustment by special use permit.

According to Board of Commissioners Chair Danny Wright, the lease was granted with conditions, including that the school not recruit from more than a one-mile radius from the site, it must remove mobile buildings, install a gravel parking lot (except for handicapped parking), cause no environmental damage, and not interfere with the Vance Manor Building during construction.