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Shorewood High School's athletic upgrades have taxpayers seeing red

April 20, 2014 12:19 p.m. | When an effort launched seven years ago to renovate the football field and outdoor athletic facility at Shorewood High School, the deal was pitched as a win-win.

Parents and students would get fan-friendly, updated playing fields that also could generate revenue by being rented, and the improvements would be financed through private donations, so the district could keep its finances focused on academics.

When private money dried up and the renovation project went over budget, the work continued anyway, leaving taxpayers with the bill, Shorewood School District officials have confirmed.

A new financial review showed that taxpayers shouldered about $800,000 of the total $4.1 million in construction costs.

Separately, Shorewood has turned up another financial oddity: a surplus of about $200,000 in a fund for student fees, which should have only had between $30,000 and $40,000 in it.

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New car dealership proposed in Glendale

April 15, 2014 4:55 p.m. | Glendale — Three homes and a service station could be demolished to make room for a new Infiniti auto dealership on Green Bay Avenue, just south of the David Hobbs Honda dealership.

International Autos is asking Glendale officials to rezone the lots stretching between 6030 and 6050 Green Bay Avenue to accommodate North Shore Infiniti, which would relocate from its current location about a mile south at 1515 W. Silver Spring Drive.

Under the proposal, a David Hobbs Honda service station and three houses owned by David Hobbs Honda would be demolished to make room for an Infiniti dealership on the two-acre lot.

The old Infiniti dealership would be used as a used car lot by Jack Safro's Lexus North Shore, according to Tom Dexter of International Autos.

International Infiniti is prepared to spend $1.5 million to construct the shell building spanning 17,000 square feet on the first floor and 2,000 square feet on a partial second floor. The dealership plans to spend $400,000 on site improvements, including landscaping to shield the 127 parking stalls from the roadway.

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