To the Editor:
At one of the TIF meetings held at Kenwood HS last year to present the plans for the new 53rd St. development opposite Nichols Park, audience members raised concerns about the impact of parking by construction workers on residential streets adjacent to the site. A pledge was then tendered to the community by the developer, Mesa Development Co., that construction personnel would not park on residential streets and that construction workers would be directed to alternative parking sites. The construction company, McHugh Construction, also confirmed the audience that all subcontractors were notified of this restriction. Alderman Burns, 4th Ward, and Jim Hennessey, U. of C., were present at the meeting, as well as representatives from other supporting agencies including the SECC and the HP Chamber of Commerce. The pledge presented to the assembly indicated that Mesa and McHugh would take full responsibility for ensuring that construction personnel did not park on adjacent residential streets.
However, as the construction progresses we find parking on our nearby streets increasingly occupied by cars belonging to construction personnel. Now that what we were told would not happen is happening, we would like to know to whom we should direct our reminders. Who is enforcing this pledge? A name and phone number would be extremely helpful. In addition, perhaps Mesa or McHugh would post our streets with “No Vue 53 Parking” signs. This will of course need to be left in place for the foreseeable future, since we were also assured that the new residents would have parking within the building and would not be parking on the adjacent streets.
I can be reached at 773-955-3622, or via email to Ira Abrams at att.net.
Stephanie Franklin for the McMobil Adjacents Delegation