Glenwood deal would clear way for new Brookwood Middle School

2014-03-26T17:20:00Z 2014-03-26T21:36:12Z Glenwood deal would clear way for new Brookwood Middle SchoolPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent
March 26, 2014 5:20 pm  • 

GLENWOOD | An intergovernmental agreement appears to have been reached between the village and Brookwood Elementary School District 167 regarding a village-owned road that presented an obstacle to the building of a new middle school.

The district owns the land on which the current Brookwood Middle School sits at 200 E. Glenwood-Lansing Road and the adjacent land on which the Glenwood-Lynwood library was once located.

Village officials did not know that Eberhardt Avenue, which bisects the district property, belonged to the village until the school district inquired about the right of way last year.

It was previously thought that the street belonged to Bloom Township.

The developed stretch of Eberhardt Avenue contains three houses that are located just southeast of the middle school property.

The remaining 33-foot stretch of Eberhardt is not paved but stretches into the district property and put the district into a position where it had to consider the construction of a new school on a more confined space since it could not build on the right of way.

The Village Board discussed an intergovernmental agreement at a special meeting held Tuesday.

"The school (district) has come to us and asked for us to vacate Eberhardt," Village President Kerry Durkin said.

Durkin said he had relayed the board's intent to the district, which he said was that the village would agree to vacate the 33-foot section of the street if the district will provide a route of egress in its site plan for residents who live on Eberhardt and also pave the portion of the street where the houses sit and install a new culvert there.

While the intergovernmental agreement was not officially voted on, no village trustees voiced disapproval, and District 167 Superintendent Valorie Moore was on hand to thank Durkin and the board "for partnering with Brookwood School District 167 to ensure that our dream comes true in the building of our middle school."

Moore said the district will adhere to all guidelines in the agreement.

"I'm glad that we've come to an amicable agreement," Trustee Ron Gardiner said.

In other village news, the board approved a redevelopment agreement with Landauer, Inc., a radiation dosimetry provider.

The agreement provides Landauer with approximately $186,000 in tax increment financing funds to compensate the company for the training and retraining of employees.

Lyda Hagen, global tax director for Landauer, said the company had decided a couple years ago to begin outsourcing customer service operations to a company in Wisconsin, but later agreed to relocate and reinvigorate its customer service operations in Glenwood.

"As part of doing that, it required us to retrain our current personnel as well as bring in additional employees," Hagen said.

Durkin said the village approached Landauer about formulating a redevelopment agreement based on training. He said tax increment financing agreements in the village had always been done in regards to brick and mortar projects.

"How do you work to keep a company in Cook County without offering different, more creative incentives?," Durkin said.

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