To the Editor:
I am an owner/neighbor resident of an East Hyde Park/Kenwood condominium area along the lake shore otherwise known as the “Indian Village” (48th-51st Streets….The Powhatan, The Narragansett, The Barclay, 5000 East End and 5000 Cornell, to name a few). These historic and landmarked architectural jewels that we call home have seen their share of Chicago history, the good and bad.
We looked forward to welcoming the new ownership and renovation of our small neighborhood hotel, (the former Hyde Park Hilton, former Ramada Inn, most recently The Lakeshore Hotel) There have clearly been many improvements to the property, and thus , our neighborhood.
Here is where my confusion/sadness/anger begins…..
Last week, at dusk I noticed 4 highly glaring rooftop lamps… not parking lot lights, not sconces attached to the side of the building, not downlighting…..4 huge blinding lamps attached to the rootop, thus sending high beams out and up immediately to our residential buildings!! These lights are high intensity bulbs, these are not decorative fixtures! These are prison yard lights, high beam headlights, and that is exactly how it looks from our apartments all around the area! These Lights have totally lit up my apartment, I need not turn on a lamp…! they are intensively intrusive!
After several calls to the manager, which were never returned, I needed to share this situation and hope that we may reclaim our lovely quiet, lakeside community, with beautiful views, which are now completely compromised…How can I see the downtown Skyline with Prison Yard lights glaring into my eyes.
It appears that the La “Squinta” Inn does not care whether they are good neighbors. If they felt that the neighborhood was unsafe and that they needed such extreme and distasteful lighting for security, they are clearly in the wrong area. If they are hoping for a Helicopter rescue team or to be seen from Space, they have the right lights….but we who have appreciated our area for years and can no longer do just that… shame on La Quinta Inn.
To say the we are shocked and even feel like this is being forced upon us is an understatement. How about installing some light poles in the parking lot, as all of our neighboring lots have done, it’s called “downlighting”……
La “Squinta” Inn, the new prison at the lakefront, ..and I had such high hopes..