We hope that everyone is having a good start to the school year, even as we continue to adjust to the new way of living our lives given COVID. The New Neal development project timeline and regular meetings with the FAC and CAC have had to change due to the COVID crisis, but the planning and design work have continued.
Superintendent John Price and IFF recognize that this has been a complex process, and one of the principles from the beginning has been to provide the opportunity for engagement and input from as many people as possible. As the African proverb says, if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together. We plan to go far, and we plan to go together. The COVID crisis has made this collaboration more difficult, and this in turn has delayed our progress. We are working on a new updated schedule and will share that with you as soon as possible.
Monday evening, January 13th, the Neal Math and Science Academy project presented for approval of a zoning amendment and two zoning variances in front of the North Chicago Planning and Zoning Commission. The meeting took place in the Neal Math and Science Academy gymnasium, and many members of the public spoke in favor of the project and the approval of the zoning amendment and zoning variances, including Mayor Rockingham, Lake County Public Works Director Rodney Worden, and teachers and administrators at both Neal and District 187. The project team presented on the proposed site plan, circulation plan, building height and facade rendering, and spoke on the rationale for the placement of the building on the site.
Overall, the meeting was highly successful and presented a great opportunity for the community to clarify their questions about the project, and celebrate the progress thus far.