Antheus to ease Harte traffic

Staff Writer

Although there are no immediate plans to move forward on the building of the Solstice on the Park condominiums, Antheus Captial plans to honor its commitment to help solve the hazardous pick-up and drop-off conditions at Bret Harte Elementary School.

In 2008, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) approved a land transfer agreement with Antheus that included upgrades to Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St. Although Antheus’ plans to build Solstice — a 26-story, 142-unit condominium building adjacent to Bret Harte — have stalled, its upgrade plans for Bret Harte are set to go forward in summer 2014.

“[Antheus] has provided plans that have been approved by CDOT for a planned pick-up/drop-off area along the new north-south alley, which will eliminate the need for drop off along 56th St.,” said Dave Miranda, deputy press secretary at CPS, in a written statement.

Peter Cassel, director of Antheus, said along with the pick-up/drop-off rerouting, the New Jersey-based company is planning to upgrade the playground and the parking lot, which will increase the number of parking spaces for staff and visitors.

Other amenities planned for the school, such as covered parking spaces and additional meeting rooms, will be offered once something is built in the space.

“There are no plans to build the Solstice building in the current economy,” Cassel said. “Something will be built there, just not at this time.”

Cassel said the school upgrades should be complete by the time the students head back to school in fall 2014.