Skipper Buds buys former school – Lake Country

Village of Nashotah – A building that has served schoolchildren for more than 100 years will be preserved –- at least for the time being –- by its new owner.

SkipperBud’s, the northern Illinois-based boat sales and storage company, has purchased the building and grounds of Lake Country Christian Academy.

Company representatives have told village officials they intend to construct large boat storing buildings on playgrounds behind the school building.

The company plans to use the building for offices and perhaps a small retail shop, according to Village President Rich Lartz.

Lartz told the village board Nov. 2 that the company may also lease some of the space in the building, which is  on Highway C just south of Highway 16.

Longtime school

The school building was initially built in 1913; there have been several additions since then.

For decades, it served village public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade, Lartz said in a later interview.

In 1978, Lake Country Christian Academy took over the building and operated it as private elementary school until the end of the school 2014-15 school year, when it closed because of declining attendance.

New plans

The village began approving permits for the new owners at the Nov. 2 village board meetings when trustees unanimously agreed to change both the village’s land-use plan and zoning for the property.

Village Engineer Tim Barbeau of RA Smith National explained to the trustees that four parcels will be merged into one, and the zoning for the property will be changed.

There are woods on one of those parcels that the new owners intend to preserve, according to Barbeau.

Lartz said after the meeting that the plan commission will review at its Nov. 16 meeting a proposed conditional-use permit that will define the details of how the boat storage facility will be operated.

About a dozen residents attended the Nov. 2 meeting, unusually high attendance for a village board meeting.

Lartz said most of the residents live near the school and received mailed notices from the village about the proposal.

No one spoke in opposition to the plan at either the public hearing or during the village board meeting.


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