Letters To The Editor

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(…)

Is the McMobil plan needed in Hyde Park?

To the Editor: Before going on any further in the McMobil plan, Hyde Park residents need to consider the following: Is there a demonstrated need for the McMobil Plan? Judging from the many Letters to the Editor published in the Hyde Park Herald, the expressed opposition of many community residents at the March 18 meeting(…)

Put the McMobil building on the outskirts of Hyde Park

To the Editor: I am writing to inform that I am NOT IN SUPPORT of the proposed McMobil plan to build a 267 apartment complex/14 story high-rise on East 53rd Street across from Nichols Park. I understand that this property is owned by University of Chicago. I am really disappointed that U. of C. would(…)

Smaller building possible at McMobil

To the Editor: Proponents of the proposed 155-foot, 14-story high-rise on the McMobil site (they describe it as 140 feet and 13 stories, omitting the so-called “penthouse” on the top floor) claim that it would not be economically feasible to build a smaller building that would fit in with the one- to three-story buildings in(…)

McMobil height meant to set precedent

To the Editor: McMobil appears to be a stalking horse for the University of Chicago’s plan to begin turning Hyde Park into a community of high-rises. I was sent a link to a brochure which the U. of C. has produced. If you look at the building’s picture in this brochure, you can see that(…)

Verify first, then trust 53rd Street McMobil “community consensus”

To the Editor: Thank you, again, Hyde Park Herald for opening up your pages to different “voices” on the 53rd St. McMobil project, but again, please, do another investigative story to verify who were included (and NOT) included and who initiated “community consultation,” “surveys /polls/petition signing” and targeted approaches to residents or owners in the(…)

McMobil project height will start trend

To the Editor: The University of Chicago is well on its way to realizing its goal of revitalizing 53rd Street. We have a new movie theater, an all-night diner, several new restaurants and a high-end clothing store. Coming soon will be a music venue, five more new restaurants, a health club, a 130-plus room hotel,(…)

McMobil will increase street life on 53rd

Dear Alderman Burns: I am pleased to lend my support for the Mobil site redevelopment. It is a progressive step in the revitalization of 53rd Street and Hyde Park as a whole. As a resident of Hyde Park for nearly 17 years who lives within two blocks of the proposed development, I must say that(…)

McMobil plan needed for Hyde Park’s growth

To the Editor: I very much support the high-rise at the McMobil site because I believe the whole city needs to continue to grow up, not out. The suburban lifestyle exists for those who want it, and the urban lifestyle for those who want it. We will not create a vibrant city by shunning development,(…)

Put parking under Nichols Park

To the Editor: McMobil project limited parking issue? Nichols Park (across the street from McMobile site) safety and modernization issues? Here’s a possible solution. How about constructing a one or two floor underground parking garage across from the McMobil site. In other words, creating a mini-Millennium Park if you will, minus the cost overruns. A(…)

Some suggested ways to keep Canter

Editor’s note: The following is an open letter addressed to Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. Dear Ms. Byrd-Bennett: I have some ideas that might be useful to you regarding the proposed school closings. It is my opinion that not all 50-something schools need to be closed; a precious few, such as Canter Middle School,(…)

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(…)

Add me to the “pro- McMobil” roster

To the Editor: I am writing to add my name to the many neighbors and businesses that support the proposed “McMobil” site project put forward by Mesa Development. It is wonderful to have a developer with such a strong commitment to quality of community life interested in working in our community on this project and(…)

Ald. Burns, why won’t you fight for Canter?

Dear Ald. Will Burns (4th): I have so many questions concerning school closings and your part in it. I want to ask you why you fought so hard to keep all of the schools in your ward open but Canter. Was Canter the sacrificial lamb? Why are you negotiating plans with CPS before you seek(…)

I Googled the McMobil project, and I like it

To the Editor: I recently got curious about what the proposed Mesa development on 53rd Street actually looks like, so I did a little Google search and ended up with forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?p=6062439. It’s an interesting website that shows several renderings of the building, as well as photos of the hotel going up at 53rd Street and(…)

Lots of reasons to keep Canter open

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to a number of Chicago Public Schools officials and local politicians. As a follow-up to the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference’s general resolution to keep all the Chicago Public Schools open, we write to support keeping, in particular, Canter Middle School, as an ongoing school. We write with the(…)