Hinsdale–Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 and the village of Hinsdale announced Tuesday they reached a mutual understanding during a mediation session on most open design issues related to the planned, shared parking deck at Hinsdale Middle School.
Both parties are working to resolve remaining issues following the Feb. 8 session, both parties said in separate news releases. An intergovernmental agreement between the village and school district will be revised when all issues have been resolved, the releases stated.
Jamie Lavigueur, District 181’s director of communications, said no additional information was available per an agreement with the village not to release details.
Mediation took place after village and school officials could not come to an agreement on the load capacity for the parking deck.
Village plans called for the parking deck to be built to support 50 pounds per square foot, something the village’s structural engineer said is the appropriate standard.
However, District 181’s engineering firm recommended the deck be built to handle a greater weight load — 100 pounds per square foot — to accommodate people assembling for fire drills and emergency or recreational activities.
A January proposal by Hinsdale Village President Thomas Cauley Jr. for the village to spend an additional $100,000 to increase the load capacity for part of the parking deck was not well received by school officials.
Cauley said the cost to the village to handle a heavier load capacity throughout the structure would be between $600,000 and $2 million. The village has already budgeted about $6.5 million for the project, he said.