Recently, there has been much discussion and disagreement about the request for a driveway connecting Dominican University's parking to Thatcher Road in River Forest. The preservation of this open space at the site should be a high priority.
Recent research supports a conclusion that approximately a 30-foot piece of the property, from Division St. to Greenfield St., belongs to the university with the rest belonging to the Cook County Forest Preserve District. The property also appears subject to an easement in favor of the Village of River Forest, originally for a street. It is probable that the university will construct the driveway at the north end of the property, with permission from the village. The remainder of the property should be an open space conservation area, so dedicated by the university, or transferred to the district with restoration management being the responsibility of the university. The university had previously committed to such a role at the site.
It is time to end the apparent controversy about this property. All parties can succeed in their goals, with a driveway at the north end on the university's property, and the remainder being dedicated open space?#34;preferably with Forest Preserve District ownership.
Peter N. Silvestri
Cook County Commissioner