Zoning Board Grants Special Exception For New Crestwood Field House

The Crestwood School District cleared an important hurdle for the creation of a new field house, which the district hopes to begin construction on as early as next spring.

On Sept. 18, the Wright Township Zoning Board granted the district a special exception, for the field house to be built in an area zoned residential, and two variances, related to parking at the new facility.

While the school board approved the funding of the field house earlier this year and this new zoning approval gets the project a step further, it must still be reviewed and approved by the Wright Township Planning Commission, which will address structural and stormwater issues. That meeting will be held at a later date.

Crestwood Superintendent Joseph Gorham began the proceedings by explaining the concept of the field house, which will sit at the rear of the district’s property near the playing fields. The new, two-story, 1,850-square-foot building will remedy the need for player locker rooms, showers, storage, and public restrooms for those who attending sporting events. Currently, storage is very limited and the public uses portable toilets at events.

Gorham didn’t specify the cost of the field house, but stated that it will be paid for out of $4.5 million that was allocated for that and other projects, such as renovating the secondary campus’s auditorium, replacing STEM labs and equipment,