Acquisition Of Land For The Brighton Park II Elementary School Approved By City Council

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An ordinance approved by the Chicago City Council today will allow the Public Building Commission, on behalf of Chicago Public Schools, to acquire land near 48th and Rockwell streets for the new Brighton Park II Elementary School.

“Every student, every faculty member and every community resident sees their lives improved by the arrival of a new school in their neighborhood,” said Mayor Daley. “The Brighton Park II elementary school will provide a modern, spacious, environmentally friendly facility that will serve the educational needs of the community for many years to come. “

Preliminary plans call for the Brighton Park II Elementary School to follow a prototype design, bringing to the community a three-story, 105,000 square foot building capable of holding 900 students. The steel-frame and masonry school would include conventional classrooms, science and computer laboratories and classrooms for art and music, as well as a gymnasium, a library and athletic facilities.

The school also will pursue “Silver” level certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, with a green roof among its sustainable design features.

Construction of the new school will be overseen by the Public Building Commission of Chicago.  The PBC manages construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago and its other sister agencies. Mayor Daley serves as the PBC’s chairman. Additional information about the PBC and its projects is available at the agency’s Web site: