Community center proposal highlight of Peoria St. meeting

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In a meeting organized by the West Loop Community Organization (WLCO), community members packed the Merit School of Music recently to protest a planned condominium building at 111 S. Peoria St. Some suggested a community center for the site.

“I almost feel like I should be praying,” said Burnett, at the beginning of the meeting, referring to the community opposition at previous meetings on the topic. It was that opposition at a meeting in June that caused Burnett to withdraw support from a proposal to build rental apartments on the property.

Some audience members told Burnett they would prefer a field house for Mary Bartelme Park, which is across the street, to a new highrise. “I would put a field house in Skinner Park first,” said Burnett.

A group called West Loop Residents Association started a petition for the community center on GoPetition.com; more than 360 people have signed. The group also set up a Facebook page for the community center.

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