As you may recall, I sent you an e-mail last week regarding a community meeting I am hosting to reviewLoyola University’s plans for the property located at 6572-90 N. Sheridan Road (southwest corner of Sheridan and Albion). The University informed me that they planned to demolish the two buildings on the corner and replace them with landscaping and a raised-bed urban educational garden for Loyola’s Center for Environmental Research and Policy.
Yesterday, I was informed by Loyola that upon further review, the University determined that the southwest corner of Albion and Sheridan would not be a suitable site for the garden. According to Loyola, the soil condition is bad, and the air quality, constant traffic, winter salt and temporary nature of the site make it a poor location for the garden. Loyola has assured me they will find another university-owned location in the 49th Ward where the garden laboratory will be located in the spring.
According to Loyola, even though the garden will not be located on the site, the two buildings on the corner must still be demolished due to code compliance issues and the prohibitive cost of maintaining the buildings until a new developer can be identified for the site.
Loyola has assured me they will landscape the property with the same type of landscaping as found on the northeast corner of Sheridan and Albion (the former site of the Sheridan-Albion Auto Clinic). Loyola also assures me that the property will be maintained as greenspace, and not as a parking lot. In fact, Loyola informs me that they plan to dig up the existing Loyola parking lot that sits between the rear of the property and the el tracks, and maintain that as greenspace, as well. For security reasons, Loyola will surround the entire property with a wrought iron fence.
As I indicated in my previous e-mail, Loyola can demolish the buildings as a matter of right and needs no special permission from the alderman. Nonetheless, Loyola officials have agreed to my request to attend a public meeting to share with the community their landscaping plans for the property and respond to questions and concerns about the plan.
The meeting is still scheduled to take place tomorrow (Wednesday, September 23rd) 7:00 p.m., at Loyola University’s Crown Center Auditorium, 1001 W. Loyola (at the Lake).
Once again, I urge you to attend the meeting to express your views on the proposal. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please feel free to share your views with me by replying to this e-mail or calling my office at 773-338-5796, and I will pass your comments on to the appropriate officials at Loyola.