Yorkville approves site for new Christian School
By Steve Lord email@example.com October 8, 2013 8:37PM
The site for the new Christian School in Yorkville viewed from Ashley Road. | Steve Lord ~ Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 11, 2013 12:04PM
YORKVILLE — The City Council has approved two items that could pave the way toward a new Christian school opening here.
Aldermen voted 7-1 to both amend an existing annexation agreement, and to approve a final plat, for a 60,000-square-foot Christian high school on about 110 acres at Ashley Road and Route 126.
The school would be built in the Prestwick Subdivision, first annexed in 2005, but left largely vacant after the developer went bankrupt. The school would replace 84 lots previously planned for houses.
School organizers would aim at enrolling 100 students by the beginning of the 2014 school year, with hopes of having as many as 800 students some day.
The issue first made its way to the City Council a few weeks ago, when aldermen tabled it so developers of the site could sit down with neighbors and the city to hammer out agreements on how to handle drainage from the site and traffic generated there.
The delay was supposed to only be two weeks, but the second City Council meeting in September was canceled. Still, developers and the next-door neighbors through their lawyers were unable to work anything out.
It appears the engineers involved, those hired by the developer, the neighbor and the city’s engineer, basically agree on what needs to be done for drainage. But it appears the parties still disagree on who will pay for it, and how.
There also appears to be no more word on what the state can do to make sure the access for the school onto Route 126 is safe.
Route 126 is unusual in that the highway between Yorkville and Plainfield runs for about eight or nine miles with no stops on 126. Many trucks use the highway, and people tend to speed on it, officials have said.
While it has not had a lot of accidents, the accidents it has tend to be serious, as was the case about two months ago with an accident at Schlapp Road, east of Ashley Road, that put several people in the hospital with serious injuries.
City Engineer Brad Sanderson said the state has indicated there would be turn lanes put into Route 126, but has made no further comment about anything like lowering the speed limit there, changing the intersection with Ashley Road or adding speed lowering devices or warning features.
“The state can make no further comment until a plan is put in,” Sanderson said.
Alderman Larry Kot, 2nd Ward, who has been particularly concerned with the additional traffic on 126, said he was willing to vote for the school plan this week and “put my faith in the state.”
Kot said the school would be an asset to Yorkville, and other aldermen agreed. Alderman Carlo Colosimo, 1st Ward, said he was voting for it because he is a “biased” supporter of private schools, and that the school might be an “economic engine” for the south side of town.
“This provides a service,” he said. “It provides another option.”
There is another Christian high school program in town, at Parkview Christian School just off Town Square Park, which started as a grade school but has had a high school program for about five years.
Alderman Rose Spears, 4th Ward, was the lone vote against the amendment and the final plat.