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Former school could soon house brewery

Stone Middle School has been a storage facility for the last few years. (Source: WAFF file) Stone Middle School has been a storage facility for the last few years. (Source: WAFF file)

While Stone Middle School, devoid of students for the last five years, has not been officially sold, Huntsville school leaders revealed during Thursday night's board meeting what the facility could become.

For the last few years, the school building has been a storage warehouse, holding excess desks, tables, chairs, and other equipment. By the end of September, the site could be on its way into the area's fast-growing craft beer industry.

The city school board voted to authorize Superintendent Casey Wardynski to execute a deal for the Stone Middle School and its grounds with developer Randall Schrimsher, who already bout almost four acres of the property back in January.

On the west end of the site, school system officials said, one tenant would be Huntsville-based brewery Straight to Ale.

"Currently there is a plan for new vertical construction toward the easterly section of the parcel that will house Yellowhammer Brewery, with parking lot and amphitheater-type area in the middle," said Chief Financial Officer Jason Taylor. "A gateway to the Entertainment District."

Taylor said they are still negotiating "minor terms and conditions" of the deal, but once finalized, Dr. Wardynski will be able to act as soon as possible.

Officials said the price for the site will be $1.139 million, and that the development plans include tearing down about 30,000 square feet of the old building. The majority of the school building will remain intact.

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