Last December, Pete’s Fresh Market tore down the historic E.E. Roberts-designed Hill Motors Sales building at 644 Madison St. so they could be ready to start construction on their new store as soon as construction season opened in the spring, or so they said. It is now four months later, and I am still staring at an empty lot and am told by the village that they “do not have a construction start date at this time.” I have to conclude that Pete’s rushed to tear down the Hill building to silence the protests from historic preservationists. Quite a craven move if you ask me. 

Deborah Mercer, Oak Park

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