The Zionsville Community Schools Board of Trustees on Monday evening, Feb. 10, authorized board President Jim Longest to finalize an agreement for a new collaboration with the Town of Zionsville and its Parks and Recreation Department.
The school corporation first joined forces with the town and Redevelopment Commission in 2013 to acquire the former Dow property, now known as Creekside Corporate Park, to help encourage commercial development and the associated commercial assessed valuation. Initially, ZCS retained 9 acres there to build a maintenance facility, but the intent of Lids to build its corporate headquarters at the corporate park will necessitate a change, according to ZCS Superintendent Scott Robison.
"Part of the footprint they need will displace the planned maintenance facility," he told the board members. "We are working with the town so that they might reclaim the ZCS footprint in that park at the wishes of the land buyer."
In a tentative agreement, the town will deed Jennings Field to the school corporation in exchange for the Creekside Corporate Park acreage.
"The schools do not anticipate changing the use of Jennings Field," Robison said.
Also in the tentative agreement, ZCS will provide approximately 10 acres on the northern half of its CR 875 property for a public park, and the town will improve the intersection of Whitestown Road and CR 875 so ZCS can gain approval for a maintenance facility at that location.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.