Why a Community Center in the West Loop?

West Loop Community Center
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Why a Community Center should be built at 111 South Peoria.

The West Loop is blessed with extraordinary public institutions that could partner with the community center on programming. For example, Merit School of Music will be seriously harmed by the lost parking which the community center could mitigate. In turn the community center could provide space for Merit to offer musical programs to physically and mentally challenged children, which is not currently offered due to lack of space.

We envision the community center having a special, but not exclusive, interest in providing programming for such special children.

  • The proposed building is to have 95 luxury condominiums likely buying out of affordable housing.  On the other hand, the community center would be open to the entire public and available to persons of all incomes. The West loop needs a policy of inclusion, no exclusion.  The West Loop also should ensure that young families can continue to stay and grow here. LG’s luxury condominiums do not advance that goal.

The community center would have a driveway to allow for the safe drop off of children. With its traffic flowing west to east so that children coming and going from the Park would be protected.  The proposed building would have a two way drive with near zero visibility exiting across from the Park.

The community center would be only a two story building and have a driveway, meaning the construction is likely to have only a minor impact on the Park.  By contrast, the proposed building’s construction will last months and spill out into the street for much of that time.  The double parking, construction traffic and noise will endanger the peace and safety during that entire time.  Because the developer has not yet released the results of the phase II environment studies, the possible ecological damage is unknown.  Significant remediation was required before the park was built.

Who will protect the residents who use the Park?