Join us in opposing Taco Bell on Madison

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On May 17, the Village Zoning Board will consider a request from Taco Bell to build a new drive-through store at the corner of Lyman and Madison. This development is one my family and neighbors absolutely oppose, and we will ask the zoning board to reflect our concerns and say No to another fast food business on east Madison.

This would make the fourth within one-third of a mile of my home. Unfortunately, I know exactly what the impacts of another fast food place would be: lower property values, more traffic, more noise, more night lights, more trash, and more rats and other vermin. I know this because I live too close to the McDonald's, which produces all these byproducts.

The undesirability of more fast food places is close to being realized by the Madison Street Plan, which will soon prohibit these businesses on Madison between Home and East. This is likely to drive even more of them to our neighborhood, and this is not acceptable. It is unfair to our families and our property values to saddle our part of Oak Park with trashy, crummy businesses.

If Oak Park can't secure family-friendly, good-neighbor businesses, it should continue to place village buildings on Madison, and where that isn't feasible, add green space. These would be consistent with the reasons families move to Oak Park.

I urge everyone who will be affected by this decision to come out to village hall on May 17 at 7 p.m., to oppose granting a permit to Taco Bell.

Alice Cottingham

Oak Park

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