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Plan Commission approves Jack Young Middle School expansion

Planners for a $42 million renovation project at Jack Young Middle School recently took another step forward in the process by gaining approval from the Baraboo Plan Commission.

Baraboo School Board Treasurer Sean McNevin, who also served on the referendum planning committee, spoke to members of the commission Tuesday about the conversion the building will undergo in coming months.

“The things we have accomplished, we had a laundry list, and we got through them all,” McNevin said. “It’s really transforming the inside of this building.”

The conditional use permit to expand the middle school roughly 45,000 square feet in a single-family residential zoned neighborhood was unanimously approved by the commission. A site plan for the building at 1531 Draper St. was also approved by unanimous vote.

The plans were presented by Project Manager Bob Vajgrt, of Milwaukee-based Eppstein Uhen Architects, that is overseeing the overhaul of the building. Work will remove looped parking at the southern portion of the building. Additions will essentially be placed “over top of the existing gym and cafeteria,” Vajgrt said.

A lot of change will accompany the project. A centerpiece to the building, a large ramp which students primarily use to transition floors, will be removed. It does not meet current federal requirements for use by people with disabilities. New, larger elevators will be added, McNevin said.

Bridget Cooke
Baraboo News Republic

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