Ald. Burns explains B&B decision

To the Editor:

Some residents have enquired as to why I decided to end discussions on converting two Frank Lloyd Wright homes to bed-and-breakfasts.

Leading up to the meeting, I encouraged the developer to meet with Kenwood residents to mitigate opposition to the project, which the developer did. I also talked to several of our neighbors regarding the project in advance of the meeting. I had hoped that our neighbors who were concerned about the project would have been assuaged by the developer’s presentation. The presentation answered many questions regarding future use, parking, events on the site, historic preservation, and the developer’s long-term interest in the properties. The opposition to the project centered on the commercial use of these two homes and commercial activity in residential quarter of the neighborhood.

At the meeting, we could not even discuss how the bed-and-breakfast would be operationalized because the vast majority of attendees at the meeting did not want a bed-and-breakfast under any circumstance.

Said differently, the differences between the opponents and the proponents of the project were as to whether the project should occur in the first instance. From my vantage point, more meetings would not have resolved that problem, because a vocal, diverse and large group of Kenwood residents are unalterably opposed to this proposal.

Ald. William D. Burns (4th)