Some businesses need prodding to shovel

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The nice thing about communities in an emergency is that everyone pulls together. People push cars, shovel the walks of others — in general, they just help out. 

But some businesses need a bit of prodding. For instance, the current owner of the parcel at the southwest corner of Home Avenue and South Boulevard. The walk is broken and uneven. The snow does not get pushed. 

After several years of dormancy, we were happy to see progress toward completing the townhome portion of the development. However the rowhouse parcel, where the owner covered over the foundations with dirt a couple of years back, seems to be the culprit. The walk in front of the townhome section is shoveled. Not sure if the bank now owns the vacant parcel or not, but if there is a receiver appointed to this parcel, he/she is not doing their job. The receiver's job is to make necessary repairs and protect the safety and welfare of those using the property. They just request of the judge appointed to oversee the case for the necessary authority to spend the money. 

A lot of kids and others walk Home Avenue to and from the downtown and school. Commuters walk this route each day, like the woman in the photo attached walking in the street. Perhaps the village would ask the owner for some assistance in clearing the walk surrounding its parcel?

Brian Lantz

Oak Park 

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Bob Goesling from Oak Park  

Posted: January 16th, 2014 6:32 PM

Thanks for documenting this, Brian. I've noticed the problems with this sidewalk as well. In the summer, it features a puddle running all the way across that you have to jump over, unless you'd prefer to walk in the mud. Now that it's winter, we get to choose between soaking our shoes in the snow/mush or walking in the street. I'm not sure who is responsible, but this isn't exactly good PR for anyone trying to sell the adjacent property. At the very least, you'd think would spur some action.

Brent from Oak Park  

Posted: January 15th, 2014 6:09 PM

Yes "Wallgreen's" r Wallgreen only thinks of drivers. They do carry crutches and canes and pain killers. Some businesses flanking George's were nasty, and not just the empty ones! One middle-North home has soccer goal in front yard,hockey rink in back, 2 strapping teen boys AND the only sidewalk on that block untouched by a shovel! Why pass laws and ordinances and not enforce?

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: January 14th, 2014 10:39 PM

Wahlgreen at Madison should be added to the businesses that showed little concern for their customers by not removing snow, slush, ice, and melted ice (which created a melted ice pool) from their sidewalks. It was impossible getting the the store unless you were driving. Guess Wahlgreens doesn't need pedestrian business.

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