Permits moving along for school grandstand construction

Coupeville Town Council approved a Conditional Use Permit for the school district to construct a 3,024-square-foot grandstand.

As part of the district’s ongoing capital facilities upgrade, a 108-foot by 28-foot metal-roofed bleacher and press-box structure will be constructed on the east side of the track and athletic field next to Coupeville Elementary School.

Because construction will be roughly 10 feet from the property line and near the neighboring Big Rock Apartment complex and also close to the Terry Mobile Park, the town did impose specific noise restrictions on the permit.

Noise-generating activities during construction are limited to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays, said Town Planner Owen Dennison.

Notices were sent to area property owners and posted publicly near the project, Dennison said, but the town didn’t receive any objections to the project.

Before the district can move forward with starting the project this summer, it still needs to be issued a building permit.

“As soon as we have the permit, the company building the grandstands will initiate fabrication,” said Jim Shank, superintendent for Coupeville schools. “During the fabrication period, workers will begin excavation, foundation support, drainage and other preparations.

“Once the grandstands are shipped and received workers will then begin the building process.”

Other mitigation required by the town include the east side of the grandstand being painted a dark, subdued green and all painted and metal surfaces are required to have a non-reflective matte finish.

The district will also be required to plant trees as a buffer between the structure and the property line.

“If all goes in our favor, it should be finished by the first or second week of September,” Shank said. “If there are ‘hangups,’ it could be October. Much depends upon the fabrication ship and receiving dates aligning with workers’ schedules.

“My fingers are crossed.”