To the Editor:
Although there have not been many articles lately concerning the building that has been proposed for 53rd Street at Kenwood, silence means that no progress has been made to prevent the 13 story building from going up. Whatever encouraged Ald. Will Burns (4th) to change the zoning there in order to allow that building to be built, it was not in the interest of the neighborhood. A building that tall is out of character for that neighborhood. It is an old neighborhood with established homes and small apartment buildings that are important for the residents as well as people who have respect for not ruining a beautiful neighborhood.
The Ronald McDonald House is a prime example of how a building can be built taking into account of how much space is needed. It is a large house located at 5444 S. Drexel Ave, actually on 55th Street. The Ronald McDonald House is large with more than ample parking space available for people who stay there when their family members are in the hospital. The traffic from there does not inconvenience anyone: They chose a good location.
Vue 53, as it is called, is not a place for a high-rise building and certainly no place for any kind of business that would bring in additional cars. Parking there is already difficult; with a building that large, it would ruin the neighborhood permanently. It should not be allowed. When Chicago was trying to get the Olympics, the University of Chicago bought up some local property. Why not look elsewhere for that building if the developers really like the idea and design?