State money will replace aging portable buildings at Olive-Harvey

  • By Peter Sachs
  • Staff Writer
  • July 16, 2009 @ 10:15 AM

The money the City Colleges of Chicago will receive as part of the state’s new $31 billion capital spending bill will help it replace aging modular buildings with a permanent facility for several automotive programs at Olive-Harvey College.

The school’s truck driving program and automotive maintenance program work out of large portable facilities that have been passed down from Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges officials said at a budget hearing last night.

The $30 million set aside for Olive-Harvey in the capital spending plan will go a long way toward tearing down four of those buildings and putting up a new, state-of-the-art facility that will let Olive-Harvey add a hybrid vehicle maintenance program, says Diane Minor, the district’s vice chancellor for administrative services.

To get the money, the district will have to chip in about $7.5 million of its own funds, Finance Director Ken Gotsch says. The building has not yet been designed, and the district is waiting to set a timeline for the project until it has the $30 million from the state in hand.

“We’re seeing something very, very modern, we’re seeing something with glass, solar panels also, so we think it’ll be a very interesting sight,” Minor says.

Residents, students and faculty will have two more chances to hear about the City Colleges’ budget for the next year and comment on it before the district’s board votes on approving the budget later this month.

On Tuesday, Gotsch will give a similar presentation on the budget to the public starting at 6 p.m. at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren St.

And at 9 a.m. July 24, the public can comment on the budget at the start of a special meeting at which the board will vote on it. That meeting happens at the district office, 226 W. Jackson Boulevard.

Daily News Staff Writer Peter Sachs covers higher education. He can be reached at 773.362.5002, ext. 18, or peter [at] chitowndailynews [dot] org.