Brookhaven, GA, July 14, 2017 – by Trey Benton – A new 23-space parking area and sidewalk is under construction at Ashford Park Elementary School in Brookhaven. The cost of the $174,000 project is being split 50/50 with the DeKalb County School District and according to the City, is in response to a request made by the Ashford Park Elementary School Parent Council. The City and the County have an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for the project.
The area adjacent to the school where the work is being performed, has been used for years as a parking area. The work allows Brookhaven to make improvements to this section of City owned right-of-way, transforming it from a make-shift parking area to a paved, lined parking area.
According to the IGA, the City will remove the existing sidewalk, the existing Oak trees and a fence on school property. The construction involves replacing the fence once the parking spaces and new sidewalk have been completed. Brookhaven will pay for all expenses incurred in the construction and the maintenance of the improvements. Once work is complete, the BOE will reimburse Brookhaven 50% of the construction costs, or $87,000.
The agreement says BOE will also pay the costs for moving any trailers, portable classrooms or other school property items if needed to install the sidewalk, and the BOE will pay for the cost of repairing and maintaining the new fence on School property.
The use of the new parking spaces will be limited – exclusively for the BOE, parents and staff during school hours. “BOE shall install signs at its expense to notify the public of the restricted use. City shall assist with the enforcement of the restricted use during school hours (by ticketing and towing) provided however, that front office School personnel notifies the City of violations of reserved spots,” the IGA says.
Work is expected to be complete before the start of the new school year.