Mohawk Site to Re-Open to Community
The Board of Education endorsed plans to re-open the former Mohawk site to the community as soon as it is safe to do so. This requires grading to control water run-off, then seeding, and then finally fence removal. The site is expected to re-open in October or November, after those steps are completed. The Board will review the engineering plans at its July meeting and award contracts for the work at the August meeting.
A new playground will be installed using a community-based approach similar to the one used to construct Johnson School’s KaBOOM playground. The new playground is planned for 2016.
Mohawk students and staff moved to Johnson School in January 2013. The Board reviewed all the steps taken since then, jointly with other governments, to develop the site for the community.
Park Proposal: From 2012 to 2014, the Park District, Village and School District sought to create a significant new park for the Park District at the site. Most of that period was used for the Park District to apply for, and then to administer, a grant to purchase the site. In August 2014, the School District and Park District ended negotiations for this proposal.
- Storm Water Detention Proposal: Demolition of the school building began at the same time the Park Proposal ended. Immediately upon this event, and until May 26, 2015, the District worked with the Village to design storm water detention capacity at the site to protect the surrounding neighborhood. After analysis, these storm water goals could not be met without making other costly changes to the entire neighborhood’s storm water plan.
- Grading and Seeding Plans: On May 26, 2015, as soon as the detention analysis ended, the District and the Village began engineering design to grade the site for grass planting and a playground.
To protect taxpayers from double-spending, grading and seeding were deferred while these other proposals remained possible. Now, the grading and seeding will occur as quickly as contractors can be arranged, in accordance with engineering plans now being drawn up. The Village is paying one-half the cost to design these plans. The plans will protect against storm water flowing onto neighboring properties.
Contact the District office for more information about the re-opening or about the community playground project.
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