A lease deal is signed, and the TT Minor elementary school building will no longer be empty and boarded up.
As we reported 3 weeks ago the private Hamlin Robinson School, currently located in South Seattle, had sought a lease on the building. That lease has been approved by the school board on a 7-year term.
We corresponded with Rob Harrahill, Director of Advancement at Hamlin Robinson, who said that they’ll begin working on the classrooms this summer, and the first day of classes there will be after Labor Day in September. He said that “it could not have been a better facility” for the school, and that it only requires some paint and basic maintenance, and no major renovations.
Hamlin Robinson focuses on educating kids with reading disorders such as dyslexia. They currently have 110 students, and anticipate that the new space will let them grow that number each year. They also plan to use some space for teacher training, helping instructors from other schools learn how to help students with dyslexia.
There have been recurring neighborhood rumors that other organizations might sublease space in the building from Hamlin Robinson. However, Harrahill said that there will be no subleases, leaving Hamlin Robinson as the only occupant.
Harrahill also confirmed that security around the school will return to the state before TT Minor was closed. Gates leading to the play area and play field will be locked during the school day, precluding any non-school use of the space and preventing pedestrian access across the property.
But the school leaders say that they are actively looking for ways to engage with their new neighbors. Harrahill says that they’re looking for ways to work with the neighborhood to make good use of the auditorium and gym, and are looking forward to getting to know people in the community.