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Experts weigh in on McMobil zoning requirements

Experts weigh in on McMobil zoning requirements

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers were given a crash course in zoning last week, the evening prior to a committee of the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council’s discussion on the proposed 13-story mixed use building on 53rd Street. Mesa Development has requested a zoning change and submitted a planned development proposal for the(…)

Fair Trader closes its doors

Fair Trader closes its doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Fair Trader closed up shop last weekend. “We’re closing because we don’t have enough business to stay open. That’ll do the trick,” co-owner Cindy Pardo said. “Between the economy and the high cost of rent and I’m not sure what else we just are not able to keep the(…)

“Popcorn Lady” leaves Metra venue

“Popcorn Lady” leaves Metra venue

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park popcorn vendor Gloria Henderson’s lease on a retail space under the Metra Electric line officially expired Tuesday, April 30. The closing of Glorious Confectionary Le Noir, located at 1551 E. 51st St., followed a strained relationship between Henderson and her landlord, Metra, from whom she began(…)

Art fair bouncing back this year

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The annual 57th Street Art fair will take place the first weekend in June. The number of artists participating in the event is expected to increase this year, according to a committee member. Irene Patner, who has been a member of the 57th Street Art Fair Committee for about(…)

Hyde Park Garden Fair this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The 54th annual Hyde Park Garden Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Hyde Park Shopping Center’s courtyard, located at 1526 E. 55th St. The sale features between 40,000 and 50,000 hand-picked(…)

Guns, drugs found at former Kozminksi VP’s home

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A former vice principal at Kozminski Community was arrested Saturday night after Chicago Police Department discovered a cache of assault weapons and drugs in his home. Jeremy Lydon, 43, was charged with one count of unlawful use of a deadly weapon with a silencer, one count of unlawful use of(…)

U. of C. students, HP Village collaborate on program

U. of C. students, HP Village collaborate on program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Hyde Park Village, in partnership with a new University of Chicago student group, will launch a drop-in pilot program for seniors living in Hyde Park. Mather Lifeways, an Evanston, Ill.–based senior advocacy organization has given the group a grant to start up the program. The drop-in pilot(…)

No new leads on Harper shooting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department has not released any new information following the murder of 39-year-old Henry Atkins last week. Police News Affairs said the shooting occurred at 12:15 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, in the hallway of a building on the 5200 block of Harper Avenue. Lewis Galvin, a resident(…)

Garden fair looking for volunteers

The 54th annual Hyde Park Garden Fair is just around the corner, and organizers are still welcoming volunteers to assist in preparation for the local growing celebration and sale. Each year, the organizing committee for the fair prepare a collection of offerings from 10 separate categories of plants, including herbs, house plants, vegetables and wildflowers.(…)

McMobil project at planning

The Chicago Plan Commission will hear about the planned development for Vue 53, the proposal to construct a 13-story residential and retail building at 1330 E. 53rd St., at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, in Council Chambers, City Hall, second floor 121 N. LaSalle St. The plan commission will have the opportunity to hear(…)

Son joins father’s architecture firm

Architect Patrick M. Rosen will join his father, Michael B. Rosen, at Rosen Architecture, 53 W. Jackson Boulevard. Both are Hyde Park residents. Rosen Architecture, which has designed and remodeled commercial and residential buildings in Chicago and across the country, is 68 years old. “When considering all of Patrick’s capabilities and experience, it would have(…)

Seminary Coop officially opens this Saturday

The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, May 11. Author Aleksander Hemon will deliver the keynote address at 3 p.m. Hemon is the author of “Nowhere Man” and “The Lazarus Project” and is the editor of Dalkey Archive Press’ Best European Fiction anthology. Co-Op employee Kate McIntyre will give three 40-minute(…)

Jackson Park council to mull landscaping

The Jackson Park Advisory Council will join representatives from the Chicago Park District to discuss possible landscaping in the park on Monday, May 13. The Chicago Park District is considering a landscaping renovation, potentially funded by a federal program. A spokesperson for the CPD confirmed the work would be federally funded, and said the potential(…)

Tips on sharpening garden tools Saturday

Gardeners can head to Jackson Park Saturday to learn about caring for the tools of their trade. In a sure sign of spring, the Jackson Park Advisory Council will host a workshop on caring for everything from pruners to shovels. The only thing excluded will be lawnmowers. Don Nekrosius, a master gardener from the University(…)

Opposed to the McMobil development

To the Editor: I oppose the current plan for the development at the McMobil lot on 53rd Street. I am in favor of development at that site in scale with that end of 53rd Street, an area of Hyde Park in which many of us have chosen to live in because we value the scale(…)

McMobil project represents progress

To the Editor: As a resident, property owner and business owner in Hyde Park for more than 15 years, I support the proposed 14-story development (i.e., mixed-used development) on the Mobil gas station site. Clearly, I understand the trade-offs associated with aesthetic appeal and return on investment. However, economic development in Hyde Park is far(…)

McMobil building is a bad idea

To the Editor: I have been a resident of Hyde Park/Kenwood for 50 years, and I have seen many changes both good and bad. The proposal for the McMobil development is one of the worst. The developers say that by not providing enough parking they will encourage residents of the apartment building to “walk or(…)

Theories on McMobil project are all wrong

To the Editor: It has been interesting, and somewhat disheartening, to read and hear the resistance to the proposed redevelopment on the McMobil site. To be clear, I am in full support of what has been proposed. I thank and applaud Ald. Will Burns for giving his support for this transformative project, especially in the(…)

McMobil foes are not persuasive

To the Editor: There may be a persuasive case to be made against the 53rd Street/McMobil site development proposed by Mesa Development in partnership with the University of Chicago (from whom I draw a paycheck). The flyer distributed last month by neighbors organizing against the plan, however, doesn’t make it. Among the claims and implications(…)

For the record, Canter is not an underperforming school

To the Editor: Through reckless school closings set on a fabricated chaos-creating timetable, Mayor Emanuel and his appointed school board have managed to distract us from one important detail about our neighborhood middle school: Canter is not an underperforming school. On the contrary, Canter has outperformed the CPS district average by nine to 19 percentage(…)