Hammond plans expanded classrooms, gym

Hammond School could see two big additions to its campus if it gets approval from the city of Columbia.

The private school, which has 840 students, wants to add 26,000-square-feet of space to its campus off Veterans Road, including an expanded gym and a new, two-story innovation center.

However, the plans need to clear some hurdles with the city before construction can get underway.

The plans will go before the city Planning Commission Monday. They also must go before the city zoning board on June 13.

Because the school is in a residential area, any approval of the expansion by the Planning Commission will be contingent on the zoning board later granting a “special exception.”

The expansion of the gym, which will require the demolition of the school’s existing locker rooms, will add almost 9,000 square feet of space to the school.

A one-story, 13,097-square-foot classroom wing also will be torn down to make way for a 30,736 square-foot, two-story replacement.

The cost of the expansion could not be determined Friday. Attempts to contact school officials were unsuccessful.