Fulton Science Academy has broken ground on their new school campus, again. The site on Fanfare Way just off Westside Parkway has languished incomplete for two years in what has become a “Prospect Park” version two.
FSA is the formerly embattled charter school turned private school. Back in 2011 the then charter school issued revenue bonds through the Alpharetta Development Authority to construct a new campus. Grading for the project began but the school soon faced serious problems. Their charter was revoked by Fulton County citing transparency issues. Attempts to charter with the state failed. The construction project soon stalled and a bond default quickly followed. FSA has operated as a private school since.
In February 2013 a private benefactor purchased the nearly 30 acre tract of land on Fanfare Way in a foreclosure sale on the steps of the Fulton County Courthouse. That benefactor, TruGlobe Inc, still owns the land according to property records available online.
Last week the school pulled a building permit with the city to restart construction on the campus. The figures on the permit suggest the project would be approximately 70,000 square feet, about 20% smaller than the previously planned campus. The permit suggest the project costs in the neighborhood of $10.5 million.