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.
The Lussenhops were happy to know that the people to whom they sold their home had been raised in Oak Park, had small children, and were excited about the large side yard which Martha has landscaped with beautiful garden spaces, recently showcased in the Oak Park Garden Walk.
As sorry as we were to see the Lussenhops go, we were also excited to have a young family move to our block. But they never moved in.
The gardens began to look sad, so several of us armed with watering cans made trips over to keep the flowers alive for the new owners. Still, they did not move in and we soon realized watering the quickly fading gardens was a losing battle.
Imagine our horror to learn the new owners had no plans to move in. They did, however, plan to re-sell the house and list the yard as a separate lot! We now understand why they were so happy about the side yard.
Isn't it a shame the village cannot see the value in preserving the few lots our village has left, especially in south Oak Park, where open spaces are few and far between?
We hope the Lussenhops never find out what is about to happen to their beloved home and beautiful gardens.
Kate and Marc Linne, Ross Thomas, Esq., Janice Welborn, Esq., Debbie and Jeff Chaney, Joe Wetchler and Carole Schwartz, Nancy Napp, Suzanne Walsh, Esq., Tari and Mark Delisi, Joan Slanina, George and Janet Lazewski, Ellen and Fran Carr, Bob and Judy Compton, Rita Quille, Karen Bopp, Mark Fisher, Herb Gielow, Martha Ludden, John and Noreen Carmody, Phil and Joan Davis, Ralph and Marsha Cooper