Rush Oak Park garage hearing gets continued continuance

The Oak Park plan commission voted Feb. 6 to extend the hearing to Feb. 20

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

Deliberation of Rush Oak Park Hospital's proposal to build a new 712-spot parking garage has gotten a further hearing continuance of its plan commission hearing. The proposal will return to the plan commission Feb. 20.

According to Oak Park Village Planner Craig Failor, Rush Oak Park Hospital received the extended extension to give the hospital "more time to complete their revisions."

The plan commission first heard the proposal to build the garage on the site of a hospital-owned surface level parking lot at Wenonah Avenue and Monroe Street Nov. 7, where it was decided to continue the hearing until Feb. 6.

The village has yet to receive revisions from Rush Oak Park Hospital, but Failor hopes to receive them in the next week. Upon receipt, the public will have access to the revisions.

"It will be posted on the village's plan commission web page toward the end of the week," said Failor.

The proposal was met with major opposition from neighbors about the parking structure's impact on traffic in residential areas and concerns the garage's lights would shine into people's homes.

While not an application requirement, Rush Oak Park Hospital had not met with any neighbors prior to submitting the proposal. That also caused neighbors considerable consternation.

Failor did not give any specifics regarding the revisions, saying, "We will have final confirmation on all revisions once the application is in."

 

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Kim Dziedzic Chesta  

Posted: February 8th, 2020 12:46 PM

Residents across the street from this massive parking garage should at the very least, have substantially lower property tax bills due to the negative impact on future house sale prices and market time. It's insulting to pretend that their view, which has changed from single family houses to a parking lot to now an 80ft high parking garage in just a few short years, won't impact their home values.

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