Brookfield, Riverside School District reach agreement over pending construction and parking lawsuit
The Village of Brookfield and Riverside Brookfield School District 208 (RBHS) has reached an agreement on a pending lawsuit over construction and zoning concerns at the RBHS campus.
The pending litigation resulted from denial of zoning approval sought by RBHS to improve athletic facilities and parking. The settlement agreement still must be presented to the Village of Brookfield Planning and Zoning Commission before final board of trustees consideration.
Earlier, an agreement lifted the stop-work order allowing the district to finish the long jump and pole vault areas in time for the track and field season. Storm water infrastructure improvements were also completed and have already alleviated flooding issues.
The current agreement offers RBHS a 20-year lease for 103 parking spaces on Rockefeller Avenue at $1 per year, which will save the district more than $250,000. The parking spaces previously cost more than $13,000 annually.
“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,” Mike Welch, president at the board of education, said.
The agreement allows 50 new parking spaces to be built, as well as space for three minibuses in a lot south of Rockefeller Avenue. The high school will also be allowed to build five tennis courts.
“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,” Kit Ketchmark, Brookfield Village president, said. “This is a great net result for all of the taxpayers of both RBHS and the village.”