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Church, Dist. 25 make parking deal, won't stop teardowns

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The deal between Arlington Heights Elementary School District 25 and Orchard Evangelical Free Church will open up 200 or so additional parking spaces during church services.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Arlington Heights Elementary School District 25 and Orchard Evangelical Free Church have reached a 10-year agreement to allow the church to use the parking lots of Olive-Mary Stitt Elementary and Thomas Middle schools to help alleviate the church's parking issues.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

The 10-year agreement with Arlington Heights Elementary School District 25 gives Orchard Evangelical Free Church access to about 200 additional parking spots from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. In turn, the school district can use the church's lot when services aren't being held.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

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Orchard Evangelical Free Church and Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 have signed an agreement to share each other's parking lots, but the deal won't end the church's controversial plan to at some point tear down eight homes in the Hickory Meadows neighborhood and build a larger parking lot. "We've had an informal relationship for years now," said Superintendent Sarah Jerome.
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    • The deal between Arlington Heights Elementary School District 25 and Orchard Evangelical Free Church will open up 200 or so additional parking spaces during church services.
    •  Arlington Heights Elementary School District 25 and Orchard Evangelical Free Church have reached a 10-year agreement to allow the church to use the parking lots of Olive-Mary Stitt Elementary and Thomas Middle schools to help alleviate the churchís parking issues.
    •  The 10-year agreement with Arlington Heights Elementary School District 25 gives Orchard Evangelical Free Church access to about 200 additional parking spots from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. In turn, the school district can use the churchís lot when services arenít being held.
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