HPHS Construction Gets Council Go-Ahead, Parking Lot on Hold

The Highland Park City Council wants to address neighbors' concerns about traffic before approving a request to reconfigure parking.

Highland Park High School can begin its expansion and renovation plans when school lets out next month, having won approval this week from the Highland Park City Council, according to an article in the Highland Park News. However, a parking lot expansion is on hold because of neighbors’ concerns over traffic problems in the area.

Construction will start with the 78,500-square-foot fitness addition, the article says. That structure will eat into the existing parking lot, so the district wants to expand a small parking lot, making it roughly five times bigger, at the corner of Vine and St. Johns avenues. But neighbors have long complained about traffic backup during drop-off and pick-up, so the city said it will study the issue more before granting approval for the larger lot.

You can read the full Highland Park News article here.



forest barbieri May 29, 2014 at 06:34 PM
Study away but anytime you live next to a school, pickup and drop offs are going to happen and be an issue. Should be built into the price of the house. That is, the house should cost slightly less because of the perceived disruption. Like living next to a busy street. Location, location, location
Stu Pidasso May 30, 2014 at 12:57 AM
Agreed! Just like the people who buy a house next to Ravinia Park them complain about the traffic in the summer !! Brilliant:)
Jeanette Ramirez Alvarado May 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM
Traffic is expect, a better process is what's needed. Parents consistently use our driveways for uturns, drop offs and pick ups. Ravinia doesn't allow neighborhood street parking without a special permit!


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