Village board inconsistent on demolitions

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It was with great amazement that I read the Wednesday Journal report on the actions of the Oak Park Village Board denying the demolition of the two aged structures on Pleasant Street. They now stand out as an aesthetic intrusion to a well-kept block of 1920s apartment/condominium buildings. (It is like a person broadly smiling and exposing a gap of missing teeth.)

At the same time, a historic and architecturally pleasing structure is given the death sentence due to its proximity to the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio. While I can understand the demolition, considering the importance and needs of the foundation, I still find it ironic that we save the ugly ducklings and demolish others without regret.

Jack W. Strand

Former chairman, 

Oak Park Landmarks Commission

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Christine Vernon  

Posted: August 4th, 2019 7:08 PM

This is so true, Jack. It is amazing that after denying Al Rossell permission for demolition of structures he has a right to replace, the Village would for a second give permission to another organization to give permission to demolish a property that it has no right to replace. We are witnesses of the length that residents have gone to, in order to protect historic properties, faithfully and consistently...but this uneven application of the law, thank you for calling this out, how justice seems to depend on something other than the law, clout and connections maybe? It's wrong.

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