Seaside continues toward build out with Academic Village

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Following with the Seaside tradition of recycling older buildings to positions of civic dignity, the seven cottages purchased for the village at an auction in Mississippi were once used to house hurricane victims after Katrina. Each cottage interior is being totally renovated while the exteriors are being left largely intact.

Rendering Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 04:31 PM.

After surpassing a 30-year milestone, Seaside is taking another step in its master build-out plan with construction of the town's Academic Village.

Seaside's Academic Village will be built directly across from the first two Seaside Neighborhood School buildings in the Lyceum.

The Village will be for use by visiting artists, architects, and scholars who frequently come to the town to either present course study or attend seminars. The Village will be comprised of seven buildings brought in from Mississippi that were used for emergency housing following Hurricane Katrina. The buildings are being renovated to have a cottagey look that will fit in with Seaside's architectural ambiance.

When the renovation is complete, the buildings will be able to house and sleep up to 14 people. "Dorm" cottages will have four twin beds, a shared bath and are priced inexpensively. One-bedroom cottages are priced at the higher end.

The buildings will be arranged to form an enclosure that will create a courtyard conducive for outdoor meals and talks. The Village will have a commercial-grade kitchen and outside shower. A big boardwalk will also be built to serve as additional outdoor space.

The buildings will be moved into the Lyceum space by crane next week.

Seaside Neighborhood School's three buildings back up to the Lyceum area, and the school's children use the green lawn for their outdoor activities. However, Seaside Institute Director Diane Dorney said none of the dedicated green space would be taken up in constructing the Academic Village.

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