The Oak Park YMCA will present what a new Y facility looks like to a Forest Park community group on Thursday night, but West Cook YMCA President and CEO Scott Gaalaas said the event doesn't mean the organization has settled on relocation plans.
"It means nothing. Nothing has changed," Gaalaas said of the meeting, which he said will feature a video presentation of what a "generic" new Y facility looks like sitting on five acres of land.
"We have several properties we're looking at that we can't make public," he said.
The Y has continued to talk with Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone about the Altenheim property, but official negotiations haven't taken place and no site-specific plans have been drafted, Gaalaas said.
The meeting was organized by Citizens Unite in Forest Park (CUFP), to "shed light" on the Y's possible relocation, said CUFP member Steve Backman.
Gaalaas has agreed to take questions following the presentation, he said.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd.
OP tops zip list for WJ
That's Wall Street Journal. Last Friday they listed the top five zip codes in different regions across the country in terms of growth in property value.
Oak Park's 60302 topped the list for the Midwest for five-year growth with 80.5 percent and a median house price of $412,000. Fourth and fifth places were claimed by zips in Park Ridge, where home values climbed 11.3 percent last year, and Evanston.
But if it makes you, the taxpayer, feel any better, home price hikes in Oak Park were not the highest in the country. Miami's 33180 has climbed 112.5 percent over five years; Ocean City, N.J., 137.6 percent.
But by far the biggest hikes came in California, where Capistrano Beach's home values rose nearly 40 percent in one year.
In "Not such a stretch," the story about boys' ballet classes that ran in EXPRESS! on Feb. 2, we misspelled one of the young dancers' names. The correct spelling is Robert Hunter Bry. We apologize for the error.
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