Monday, June 2, 2008

Illinois Facility Fund Multi-Use Facility On Mute for the West Side

CC: Alpha Bruton, Arts and Cultural Committee, Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance/New Communities Program

Thank you for the updates regarding upcoming meeting dates and your continued interest in the community facility project.

I believe that in our last update to you, we informed you that it had come to IFFs attention that the Jesse White Tumblers (JWT) had expressed interest in building a home at the southeast corner of Western and Adams . Earlier this year, IFF met with representatives of JWT to attempt to formulate a plan to merge the community facility and JWT facility project plans to develop a single, multi-use facility on the site. After reviewing the community facility plans, JWT concluded that merging the plans would significantly slow the JWT facility development plan. Late in April, IFF was officially notified by CPD that JWT will be granted sole use and control of the parcels of land on that corner. Unfortunately, without those parcels, there will not be enough land area remaining on the site to build a separate multi-use facility in conjunction with the Grant Campus gym addition as originally planned. We are trying to revive the project, but our planning for the multi-use facility is on hold until further notice. We will let you know if there is any change in the project status.

Best,
Georgette Varner Project Associate

So that's it, plans just muted? How can we advocate for a Multi Use Art Facility to be built where it is needed the most?

1 comment:

Dan said...

This stinks. Will there be a public hearing about this? Who's the alderman for that location?