LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– A new school for students who attend Rocky Mountain Deaf School is one step closer to reality.

The school is currently holding classes in a strip mall in Golden. The director said they’ve outgrown the space and it is falling apart.

The school wants to relocate to the Hutchinson Park area in the middle of a Lakewood neighborhood. Some of the land is owned by Jefferson County with the intention of becoming a school.

People who live in the neighborhood believe the school will bring things they don’t want like traffic congestion and disruption to wildlife.

The planning commission in Lakewood voted unanimously to recommend that the Lakewood City Council approve the rezoning for the school. The rezoning is needed because the land is currently zoned for an elementary school. The Rocky Mountain Deaf School is Pre-K to 12th grade.

The school received a $13 million grant from the state to build their own school. They must find that land by November or risk losing the money.

The Lakewood City Council will take up the issue and make a final decision next month.