Representatives of the Village of Brookfield and representatives of the Board of Education of Riverside Brookfield School District 208 (RBHS) confirm that they have reached joint agreement on terms that will settle the pending litigation regarding construction of improvements at the RBHS campus. The pending litigation stemmed from a denial of zoning approval sought by RBHS for improvements to the athletic facilities and parking. The settlement agreement will have to be presented to the Village of Brookfield Planning and Zoning Commission prior to final Board of Trustee consideration.
Previously, an Agreement was reached for the Village to lift the stop work order and allow the District to finish the long jump and pole vault area in time for the track and field season. Storm water infrastructure improvements necessary for the District’s improvement project were completed as part of the earlier phase of the project and have already alleviated flooding issues in the area.
The current Agreement assures RBHS of a twenty-year lease for 103 parking spaces on Rockefeller Avenue for $1 per year resulting in over $250,000 in savings to the District over the term of the lease. The Rockefeller spaces previously cost the District over $13,000 a year. The Agreement also permits construction of 50 new parking spaces and 3 spaces for District mini-buses in a lot just south of Rockefeller Avenue. Additionally, the high school will be permitted to construct 5 tennis courts. The parking lot and tennis courts will comply with the Village’s setback requirements. In order to alleviate some of the traffic concerns around the school, the District will implement a variety of traffic control measures.
“The District is very pleased to have reached agreement with the Village on this matter and looks forward to working cooperatively with the Village to implement the terms” stated Mike Welch, President of the Board of Education.
“This joint agreement is the culmination of several months of productive open discussion and negotiations to design a project that meets the needs of the citizens of Brookfield and all of the customers, students, parents, faculty, and visitors to the school campus. This is a great net result for all of the taxpayers of both RBHS and the Village,” stated Kit Ketchmark, Brookfield Village President.
The parties will be submitting the settlement agreement to the court for approval and then the matter will proceed through the Village’s zoning approval process in an efficient and cost-effective manner in accordance with the terms of the Agreement and Illinois law. Once the zoning relief is approved, the lawsuit will be dismissed.
For more information about the Village of Brookfield please contact the Village Manager’s Office at 708.384.7344 or contact Keith R. Sbiral at [email protected]. For more information about Riverside Brookfield High School contact Superintendent Kevin Skinkis at 708-442-7500.
View the full official press release - joint statement below.