McMobil project will help the neighborhood

To the Editor:

I am writing to support the proposed development on 53rd Street at the Mobil gas station site. My family resides in Hyde Park, my children attend school in the neighborhood and we all participate in numerous cultural and community activities in the area. In short, Hyde Park is our home and we appreciate its rich history and its uniquely diverse culture. However, I strongly believe our area could be further enhanced with the presence of new and additional retail venues — My family spends far too much time driving outside of Hyde Park in order to take care of the needs of our family. Additional retail would be a helpful solution that would add to the character of the neighborhood and provide solutions to residents. In addition, I also think our community would benefit from modern residential housing options. It has been more than 40 years since new apartments were built in Hyde Park which has pushed many potential residents to other neighborhoods such as the South Loop in search of modern amenities. A modern residential and retail development of the current Mobil station site would be consistent with other environmentally and community friendly projects in the neighborhood (University of Chicago, Harper Court). If we could keep these families in Hyde Park we would have a much more dynamic community that would help all residents.

Thanks Ald. Will Burns (4th) for supporting this project.

James Smith