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Parking may be a major flaw in Vue53

To the Editor: Am I correct in remembering that fewer parking places are planned for McMobil/Vue53 than there are apartments? If one and a half parking spaces per apartment are not available, it will be a very bad mistake, and there will be no recourse. Even now, there are not enough spaces on neighboring streets(…)

Plan the future of 53rd Street

With the demolition of the Mobil gas station across from Nichols Park slated to begin next week, the 13-story development planned for that site — Vue53 to the developers, McMobil to everyone else — seems all but certain. Many Hyde Parkers have complained about the scale of this project, but without the support of Ald.(…)

Pressure restores No. 28 bus

Pressure restores No. 28 bus

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The CTA will partially restore service to the No. 28 bus during a 180-day “experiment,” starting Aug. 25. The decision comes after community outcry over rerouting of the bus. The No. 28 travels south on Lake Park Avenue, but its current route restricts stops between 47th and 55th streets —(…)

City Hyde Park gains subsidy for project

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer City Hyde Park, the Antheus Capital venture that will put 182 apartments and a Whole Foods at 51st Street and Lake Park Avenue, took another step towards construction last week. The State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity approved Antheus’ application to amend Enterprise Zone 6 to include(…)

Tennis courts to replace projects

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Xs Tennis, 1301 E. 47th St., has begun clearing the way for a move to the former site of the Chicago Housing Authority’s Robert Taylor Homes in Bronzeville, at 51st and State streets. Xs Tennis owner Kamau Murray said he planned the move to provide the business with a needed(…)

Vue53 developers to demolish next week

Vue53 developers to demolish next week

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern and LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Mobil Gas station and car wash will close Monday, August 12 and demolition will begin the next day. Mesa Development announced the timeline last week for work on the McMobil site, 1300 E. 53rd Street, soon to become Vue53, a 13-story retail and residential(…)

Chaka Khan welcomed in HP

Chaka Khan welcomed in HP

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Community leaders, elected officials and adoring fans from all over the city gathered at 51st Street and Blackstone Avenue Saturday afternoon to be a part of the Chaka Khan street naming ceremony. The intersection, which is the home to Khan’s alma mater, Kenwood Academy High School, is now called(…)

Length of rope identified; not a noose

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A rope seen hanging from a light pole on Ellis Avenue at 54th Place is a piece of equipment used by electricians and not a noose that some Hyde Parkers feared was left as a bad joke or threat. Robert Schacht, vice president of Meade Electric Company who is involved(…)