The Oak Park Board of Trustees unanimously approved a proposal by Fenwick High School to build a five-story, 350-space parking garage on its campus.

The school requested variances from the zoning code for height — the structure will stand 62 feet tall, although existing zoning allows 45 feet — and smaller setbacks from the street.

Plan Commission Chairman David Mann said the school is “not cheaping out” but using granite and limestone on the structure to match the building materials with the school.

“It’s going to take a lot of cars off the streets of Oak Park,” he said.

The parking structure is part of a larger master plan by Fenwick to reorient the entrance of the school to face Madison Street. The garage is expected to take about a year to build.

The village also approved vacating a public alley adjacent to the site of the new structure, which will be used as an entrance to the garage.

tim@oakpark.com

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