Oak Park mayor weighs in on Golub plan

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Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb


Dear Community,

I have been following the public discussion regarding the proposed private development at 835 Lake St. While the village has not yet received an application for a planned development, I want to thank Golub for its interest in a second location for quality residential development in Oak Park.

Unity Temple is one of the crown jewels of our community. We need to ensure that any development on this site addresses the concerns of this monument, but at the same time acknowledge that the existing bank drive-thru is not the highest and best use of that property. I am, therefore, supportive of a mixed-use transit-oriented development on this site, so long as the development has the buy-in and support of Unity Temple.

I do not envision, nor do I support, a 28-story building on this site. I have, therefore, asked Golub to revisit its plans and explore other options that would not place Oak Park's tallest building in this location.

I commend Golub for proactively communicating its plans to neighbors, including several meetings with representatives of Unity Temple. I am encouraging Golub to continue that dialogue in hopes they may reach agreement on a development plan that is sensitive to Unity Temple, brings new residents and investment to support our local businesses, schools and parks, and preserves the experience of worshipers and visitors at Unity Temple.

To the Unity Temple, as you consider the implications of new development on that block, I hope you would keep in mind the potential benefits of new neighbors, as well as the benefits of new investment to the community as a whole.



Anan Abu-Taleb


Village of Oak Park

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Waldhorn Fafner  

Posted: December 6th, 2018 11:38 PM

What is the Village connection to Golub? After they did the stuff with the TIF funds on their last project why would they be even in the running? We need a little more transparency with the village government. The contractors that did the building where the Tasty Dog was located seem to be doing ok with their not to tall building so what is the problem with the rest of the sites?

Neal Buer  

Posted: December 6th, 2018 6:44 PM

No more than 8 stories would be nice.

Jahred Adelman  

Posted: December 6th, 2018 6:35 PM

Wow. Having a somewhat shorter building that doesn't cast terrible shadows on the architectural gem nearby but which encourages density near downtown ... would indeed be a compromise and a great thing. Some of us would be quite happy with that.

Robert Milstein  

Posted: December 6th, 2018 2:39 PM

Ms. Gange, yes. It is a show. Golub tells the President we will go 23 stories as a compromise. The Village President writes his letter looking like the great defender of the people. He alone asked Golub to reconsider...wait...that's the whole Board's job. Hail the President.

Don Anderson  

Posted: December 6th, 2018 9:18 AM

This is so exciting. It will be wonderful to improve this parcel. There is a real chance with this to come closer to connecting OP's two main commercial districts. The US Bank lot has always been a drag on the vibe of the library and having an active building there will allow it to become the true OP jewel it deserves to be.

RoseMary Gange  

Posted: December 6th, 2018 8:02 AM

This is all just theater. The actual plan is probably for a 20 story building so this will be seen as a compromise. A high rise will happen there, parking will be more difficult and homeowners taxes will still go up.

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