Briscoe should be housing
Given that nearly everyone in Ashland agrees that the city is suffering from an affordable housing crisis, the highest and best use of the former Briscoe School building is clearly for affordable housing.
The school district should sell the building to ACCESS, the Housing Authority or some other provider of affordable housing for $1 and allow it to be redeveloped for that purpose. The building is on a bus line, it's in easy walking distance to Helman School and, as many others have already noted, there is plentiful parking and a playground for kids already there.
And the site offers two other major advantages: 1. No cottonwood trees would have to be cut down to build the affordable housing; and 2. The entertainment value of the excuses the neighbors will come up with for why affordable housing shouldn't be built in their backyard will be off the charts!