Down to the bell for Greene School opening


Billionaire Jeff Greene’s new elementary school on South Dixie Highway, scheduled to open Wednesday, doesn’t have its certificate of occupancy but school spokesman Elliot Cohen said it received its temporary C-O from the city late Tuesday afternoon, in time for an evening open house meeting with parents.

The Pre-K-to 4th-grade school, which has about 50 students enrolled, was expected to open on time, Cohen said.

Contractors have been working down to the wire to get the former car dealership transformed in time for opening day. But according to the city’s Development Services Department, by mid-afternoon Greene’s people hadn’t yet requested the city inspections required for a C-O. No C-O, no classes.

Development Services Director Rick Greene, no relation to Jeff, said his department was ready to jump when the developer said the building is ready, but inspections of the various building systems take time and the clock was ticking down toward the scheduled opening.

At 5:10 p.m.,Cohen called to say the school had received its temporary C-O.


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