April 19th, 2018 11:40 PM
Congratulations Haley on this great accomplishment!
April 19th, 2018 6:28 PM
The Imagine group has provided no logical reason why it did not include conceptual cost estimates with its proposed plans presented to the public Monday night and posted on its website. It is a nonsensical exercise to ask the public to choose its preference of options without knowledge of their associated costs. Since 6/22/17, the firm ICI has been under contract to provide conceptual cost estimating for components of plans considered by the Imagine group. ICI's June 2017 contract also specified that it was to serve as a check and balance between Imagine's architect, Perkins + Will, and UNICOM ARC, the community engagement firm recently fired by the Imagine group. In addition to its architectural consulting duties, Perkins + Will has assumed UNICOM ARC's community engagement role. ICI's presence is publicly missing in this process. The question is "why?". ICI's contract is linked on OPRF's Imagine page and can be accessed with this link: ...
April 19th, 2018 4:06 PM
Another Oak Park business gone.... I wish her well!
April 19th, 2018 3:51 PM
We don't need a re-written 2nd Amendment. We just need Supreme Court justices who understand the meaning of a comma.
April 19th, 2018 1:04 PM
Oh please. The 2nd Amendment is fine as-is. The Supreme Court needs to do their job and define the scope of the right fully. The Heller decision said the right exists outside the home but left it at that. They focused on in the home. As unpopular as it would be the Supreme Court needs to take a 2nd Amendment case and provide further guidance as to the right outside the home. Repealing the 2nd amendment (you can call it "rewriting" if that makes you feel better) isn't going to happen in today's world. Luckily the middle of the country isn't willing to throw away their freedom in exchange for a false promise of safety.
April 19th, 2018 12:57 PM
I think I'll have to revisit these little buggers. I've ignored them too long.
April 19th, 2018 12:55 PM
The district isn't the only village entity that spends money. Has the collective "we" referred to in this OpEd thought about the cost that it would take to increase policing and traffic guards to support the increase in the number of little feet on the street? Has this "we" considered the overall net impact, which as a taxpayer, is the burden for me? Have "we" considered what it means to be an urban village and how the wrong decision might impact low income families that we profess as a Village is a marker of success in our diversity? My take; Get creative, "we", there may be some families that may be willing to "buy into bussing" which could fill the so called empty busses and offset the burden. Get smart, "we", pick up the phone and contact the Village and ask them to join you in your efforts to consider alternatives and net impact. Use iGov as it was originally conceived. Be close and clear, "we", to some of the...
April 18th, 2018 10:28 PM
This has to be the largest scale single-project failure I've witnessed in my 25 year career. No requirements, no budget, predetermined outcomes, explicit bias. To see what a successful project looks like, take this example, do the exact opposite and flip it on it's head and there you go. As others have said, a complete waste of time. I only hope the Imagine team can regroup and salvage what is salvageable before more money and time is wasted.
April 18th, 2018 8:09 PM
Will any of the units be adaptable for persons with disabilities? There remains an acute shortage in Oak Park of affordable housing for those with special needs. Our Village board has promised to take action that will address the problem but there's been no announcement of a proposed plan. Best of luck to the New Mom project and welcome to the community!
April 18th, 2018 6:34 PM
Dori, The one constant in all three Imagine plans is the huge pool in the southeast corner of the building, though its actual size remains unknown as the group didn't share its dimensions or its price tag with the public in the presentations or poster boards at Monday night's meeting. This location isn't new to the discussion of siting a pool at OPRF. Three different pool plans in the southeast corner of the building were considered by the 2014 Pool Site Committee, and it rejected all three plans due to their prohibitive costs at the 12/1/14 meeting. The then-price tags ranged from $75 million to $136 million. Because the Imagine plans are more extensive, realistically, their price tags will be much higher. Copied below is a link to the 12/1/14 meeting agenda, with embedded links to the pool plans and the cost sheet, as well as a link to the meeting's minutes. ...
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