Bedford leaders prepare to issue request for school redevelopment proposals

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BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) For more than 100 years, schools have operated in a prominent spot near the intersection of Peaks Street and Longwood Avenue in Bedford.

The tradition will cease in August of 2018, when the current Bedford Middle School moves to a new building near Liberty High School.

Community leaders don't want the property to sit vacant. Tuesday night Bedford Town Council will vote on whether to advertise a request for proposals (RFP) from people who might be interested in buying or leasing some or all of the property.

The request would ask developers, and anyone else who might be interested, to submit ideas for how the site could be redeveloped. The property includes two school buildings, a gymnasium, athletic fields, and a cafeteria.

Interim town manager Bart Warner says council would be open to any and all ideas including things like housing, a cultural arts center, or a combination of uses.

"Bidders can offer suggestions for the entire campus or individual components as they see fit. We will evaluate those on their merits," Warner told WDBJ7 Monday.

Town Council will decide whether to issue a request for proposals at its meeting Tuesday night at 7 in the Bedford Municipal Building.