CARLSBAD — A downtown landmark will soon get a facelift thanks to a City Council vote to allow the Army and Navy Academy to begin renovations.
But now the hard work really begins, Stanford Stockdale, the school’s vice president, said.
“The city has approved the concept of the plan,” Stockdale said. “Now we need to take it to the next step and raise money.”
Private funding, not taxpayer money, will pay for the project, he said.
In the two weeks since City Council voted unanimously to allow the institution to move forward with the plans for renovations, officials with the school have been finalizing the plans.
“What we are doing is methodically renovating the buildings that are in need of updating and modernizing,” Stockdale said. “We want to maintain the architectural feel … do it tastefully and create spaces for the students and faculty.”
Plans call for additional onsite housing, he said.
In addition, plans call for an expansion of the existing school, to accommodate 440 students in 21 buildings, Stockdale said. The school now has an enrollment of 340 students, many of whom live right on the campus.
Plans also include a bridge to the sports field. Maffucci Field is named after the school’s longtime athletic director John Maffucci, who coached the school’s baseball team to an undefeated season in 1957, and eventually became the director of athletics.
The academic institution has been a fixture in the community since the late 1930s, when it moved from Pacific Beach.
Formerly called the Davis Military Academy, the academic institution has no direct affiliation with the military.
The academy started out in former Red Apple Inn, a building which was built just after the turn of the century. The 16-acre campus property in the northern part of the city extends to the beach.
Stockdale said the academy is open to being “good neighbors,” and is inviting the community to take advantage of the facility.
For more information or to donate to the school, visit armyandnavyacademy.org.