Demolition would displace rabbits, squirrels


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I read with dismay of the village's plans to demolish the building at 461 N. Harlem this month, the building next to the Holley Court parking lot, to make room for a parking structure. The building is so serene, a joy to view with its unobtrusive architecture. Now, we'll have to see a concrete mass stretching out to Harlem.

And I'm concerned about the wildlife that lives in the grass lands behind the building. Many rabbits burrow under the dozens of bushes for the winter. Are they going to be scooped up by the earthmoving equipment and crushed under tons of debris in the dump truck? What about the squirrels who nest for the winter in the dozens of deciduous trees and evergreens surrounding the building? Will they freeze before they can find another nesting place or will they be crushed under the traffic of Harlem? 

The landscaping there, dozens of bushes and trees, has made the site an attractive walkway from Lake Street. It is worth preserving: 1. for its architecture; 2. for the pleasant walkway; 3. for the heritage of Oak Park as a "rural village" in an urban setting.
James Henson
Oak Park

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