As a member of the Steering Committee of the East Central Neighborhood association, I would like to make some clarifications. This association was recently formed. While its genesis may have been jump-started by the planned renovation and expansion of West Suburban Hospital, it is not the only issue being addressed.
The NLP-dominated village board last week, in a 5-2 vote, refused to give the go-ahead to begin construction on the downtown parking garage addition that is also the first phase of the Whiteco/Trader Joe's project. The construction was to be "fast-tracked" so that downtown Oak Park would have additional parking for this year's holiday season.
My name is Jordan Horras, I am 6-feet, two inches tall, and ride a ten-year-old's bike. That's right, I have not graduated from my 20-inch BMX bike. From my first Schwinn (R.I.P.) Predator to my current bike, I have been obsessed with BMX. I do some of the tricks often seen on X-Games and other extreme sport shows. Most days after work one can find me at the Elmhurst skate park practicing. Which brings me to the topic of this letter, the Oak Park skate park.
Concerning the July 25 village board meeting, I thought I had accidentally tuned into "Comedy Central." I believe common legislative courtesy would be to "second" a motion. When the clerk calls the roll, if you want to vote "no," vote "no"?#34;hopefully with an explanation.
I've been using the parking lot at Marion and Ontario for almost over 30 years. I've always considered it the "central convenience" of Oak Park. Without exaggeration, each and every time I've driven into that parking lot, I've inwardly smiled to myself and said, "How convenient, Oak Park is really a neat place to live!"
We are the residents and neighbors of the 900 block of Wesley Avenue. This block has a grand, turn-of-the-century brick home on its southwest corner that was owned by Martha and John Lussenhop for over 30 years and was recently sold when they retired to Oregon.
I am writing this letter in protest to the proposed subdivision and development of the property down my street at 947 Wesley. If this development happens there will be a permanent change compromising the architectural beauty of this home, wiping away the open side yard to create a dense structure on limited space, creating a negative impact on our neighborhood for the personal monetary gain of the developer.
How surprised and upset I was that not one of our two local papers?#34;papers who supposedly are for the people?#34;saw fit last week to put anything in their paper about a recent anniversary that occurred. The 15th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.