Tuesday, June 28, 2011
With another three years on the calender, the Save Brainerd Foundation to start fundraising and renovation efforts.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Samuel Rong
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
After securing a three-year lease extension for the Brainerd building in March, Brainerd Community Center Inc. is working to raise funds for renovation. The group hopes to raise $2 million and complete a partial renovation before opening it as a community center, according to John Snow, treasurer for the Brainerd Community Center Inc. The group hopes to renovate for heating and fire safety so the building can be open year-round. “This way we can get more of the community into Brainerd and more people interested in the project,” Snow said. Covering Maintenances Costs As of June 19, the group has raised $50,000. Most of it already has been spent on day-to-day maintenance, such as roof repairs over former classroom areas, insurance, and …
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Volunteers pitch in to ready the Brainerd Building for visitors
Spring cleaning has begun at the Brainerd Building as volunteers gathered to ready the site for activity during the Libertyville Days Festival. The Jackson Gym will be home to the new photo exhibition celebrating community during the festival weekend. The Brainerd Building has a long and interesting history as the alma mater of actor Marlon Brando, the location for the movie Newport South High, and the backdrop for Ike Reilly’s music video “Good Work (If You Can Get It)” Another clean up is scheduled for June 4th at 9 a.m. Volunteers are welcome. Many hands make light work and a little elbow grease goes a long way. The building is located at 416 W. Park Ave., Libertyville. To volunteer for the next spring cleaning work day visit www.…
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Photos will be on display in the Jackson Gym of the Brainerd Building during Libertyville Days Festival.
The Brainerd Community Center Committee and the Photo Flash Mob of Lake County are calling for entries for a Photographic Exhibition to be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 19 during the Libertyville Days Festival in the Jackson Gym of the Brainerd Building. The focus of the exhibition is ‘Community.’ The topic is open to interpretation as it applies to people, nature, environment, etc. The goal of the show is to reveal the rich and varied nature of the local regional community as viewed through the lens. Entry deadline for the juried show is June 3. There is a $12 fee for up to three entries. Images may be submitted by email or DVD/CD for acceptance. To download the prospectus and entry form visit: www.savebrainerd.org or www.…
Friday, March 4, 2011
Faced with fundraising challenges, Brainerd Community Center, Inc. asks for an extension on lease payment.
High School District 128 school board voted unanimously to adjust the lease for a group trying to convert the Brainerd high school building into a community center at Monday's board meeting. According to the current lease agreement, Brainerd Community Center, Inc., the group trying to turn the building into a community center, is supposed to make a balloon payment of $250,000 this year. After the school board’s vote, that payment has been pushed back to 2014. Members of the group cite fundraising troubles as the reason for delaying the balloon payment. Currently, the school district owns the building and has leased it to the village, who in turn sub-leased it to the group trying to save the building. Brainerd Community Center President Jim…
Saturday, December 18, 2010
A history of the Brainerd Building.
Prior to 1916, students from around Lake County crammed into the classrooms of Central School. To alleviate the space issue, construction began on central Lake County's first high school, the eight-classroom Brainerd Building. Located on Brainerd Avenue, both the street and the structure bore the middle name of local builder Ansel B. Cook. When it opened the following year, 138 students and seven teachers filled its hallways. With the population continuing to grow in the 1920s, the Jackson Gym, featuring a stage and elevated track, was added onto the existing structure. As Sandy Wilson recollected, "I will always remember what we called the 'tunnel,' which of course, was not underground but connected the two buildings together." John …
Friday, December 17, 2010
Potentially hazardous materials won't impact potential LEED certification, says independent architect.
A small amount of potentially hazardous asbestos inside the historic Brainerd Building, located at Route 176 and Brainerd Avenue, won't be a huge problem for those wanting to preserve and restore the property, officials with expertise on the matter have told Patch.com. Furthermore, it will not impact a local group's efforts to obtain certification to make the building more sustainable while trying to restore the buildings on site, according to an independent architect in Libertyville. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a nationally-recognized third-party certification program which verifies a building, such as Brainerd, is "environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to work and live," according to the …
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Voters can help group win $50,000 grant by voting for Brainerd project on Pepsi's website: www.refresheverything.com, until Dec. 31.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Tim Froehlig
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Although the group trying to preserve Libertyville's historic Brainerd Building and Jackson Gymnasium has faced some difficult times lately, the group is far from being out of ideas, their leader says. John Snow, president of Brainerd Community Center Inc., remains optimistic about his organization's chances of restoring the buildings, located at Route 176 and Brainerd Avenue. Despite asking the Libertyville village board for a three-year extension on its initial $250,000 lease payment, which is due July 2, 2011, Snow told Libertyville Patch he truly believes something can be worked out that benefits everyone involved. The organization signed the 50-year lease in 2006, although according to its terms, the entire balance would be paid off…
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Residents who want to preserve the Brainerd property on Route 176 showed their support at the village board meeting last night.
On Nov. 23, more than 20 people attended the village board meeting, a majority of them wearing "Brainerd Backer" stickers. These residents support preserving the Brainerd property but say it has been hard to raise the initial lease payment for the building. "We are requesting a three-year extension of that initial payment," said John Snow, president of the Brainerd Community Center Inc., a group that supports perserving the building. The group owes the village an initial lease payment of $250,00 by July 2, 2011. Snow says they were able to build momentum for the preservation project this year but with the economic downturn it has been hard to raise money for the rent. In 2010, the group assembled an email list of 1,700 Libertyville High …