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Brainerd to Be Demolished for Green Space

District 128 issued a statement Wednesday saying it would demolish the historic building to make way for green space, which is needed for athletic activities.

The following statement was published on the District 128 Facebook page Wednesday following Tuesday's 'no' vote on the Brainerd referendum:

D128 Statement Regarding Brainerd Property.

The Community High School District 128 (D128) Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Prentiss Lea respect and appreciate the sustained efforts of the Brainerd Preservation Committee in recent years to raise sufficient funds to re-purpose the Brainerd building into a multi-use community center. The committee, supporters and volunteers are to be commended for their efforts. District 128 was honored to work with the committee through a creative lease agreement with the Village of Libertyville to provide an opportunity to make their vision a reality.

As a result of the Tuesday, March 18 Brainerd referendum vote, D128 will move forward with planning to re-purpose the Brainerd property to meet D128 and Libertyville High School (LHS) needs. One of the most significant needs at LHS continues to be additional green space for athletic related activities. As such, the Brainerd Building and Jackson Gym will be demolished in the future to provide open acreage for additional green space. A final decision for specific green space use on the property will be part of a broader district capital needs discussion. Although parking is always an issue at Libertyville High School, existing parking at the Brainerd property will likely not be substantially expanded, but rather, reconfigured to maximize green space use. A small portion of the property will be allocated to provide a remembrance to the historical significance of the Brainerd Building and Jackson Gym.
Sean G. March 22, 2014 at 08:52 AM
Actually Brian, having a license DOES give you the right to drive, including to your school. Vera, please don't feed the troll. Aaron, I think or I hope they will recycle the building. Those bricks could make for some neat small projects. The copper and steel would be pulled too I would think.
joe bean March 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM
I'd suggest contacting the school board asap to let the members know of your interest. It's my hope that some of the bricks and the doorways can be used in some kind of commemorative fashion.
Tom Chapel March 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM
The idea of buying old bricks, perhaps to be used, among other things, for sidewalks around the new green fields is really a good idea. We have bought bricks at Cook Park and at the football fields. One thing Libertyville does not have is a fountain. I think many of us would contribute to such a plan.
Tom Foley March 25, 2014 at 03:15 AM
Glad I moved to Honolulu decades ago but your moronic babble does amuse me. Retreat from Ltucky to Roundout and read a world history book idiots!
joe bean March 25, 2014 at 07:37 AM
anyone understand Mr. Foley's two sentences? Perhaps he posted on the wrong Patch?

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