March 25th, 2019 5:47 PM
Downtown Oak Park is very congested and parking is tough. Compare this to across Harlem in River Forest where there are large surface lots. It is great I guess if you live in a new apartment in downtown Oak Park but tough for driving in. Also all the new rental units are one of the reasons Oak Park home prices are falling, especially for old homes under 2200 or so square feet.
March 25th, 2019 4:41 PM
@Bruce. The developer got the property, five feet of Madison Street right-of way thrown in, and lots of our money to do this development. $3 million of village funds went to buy the car dealership from Mr. Foley and there is also money to remediate the site, and more money just to entice them to do it. It is not other people's money that they are doing this with. Much of it is our money. Shouldn't we expect them to do more with our than just build us a standard suburban grocery store on an urban lot? And a lot at such an important location within the village? The village planners should have made adaptive re-use of this building part of the deal from the beginning. They knew that the Historic Preservation Commission wanted it preserved. There was little discussion about what was included prior to the village trustee's vote in December. Had there been more discussion in advance it would already have been part of the project and we wouldn't be discussing...
March 25th, 2019 4:33 PM
Stop public pensions! Stop giving teachers pay increases! Oak Park is already paying too much for under qualified teachers at every level. The good teachers should gut the system and get rid of the bad. If not, get rid of the whole bunch and start over.
March 25th, 2019 11:34 AM
I will not vote for anyone that thinks it is a good idea to dump an additional 400 cars every day on to Jackson Blvd.
March 25th, 2019 10:45 AM
The River Forest Public Library Board is a contested election you omitted. Four candidates for two seats: Ates Dagli, incumbent; Erik Harris, Karen Stierwalt, and James Hopkinson.
March 25th, 2019 9:28 AM
It should also be noted that the road diet portion of the project is approx. $600,000 - $700,000 of the $6.5 million project. The vast majority of the total project is for infrastructure replacement under the roadway. The road diet is essentially paint, barriers and street features, all of which can be removed or adjusted as the village learns what works and what doesn't in terms of slowing down traffic and enhancing pedestrian safety.
March 24th, 2019 9:54 PM
My pleasure Bruce. Have a great night.
March 24th, 2019 9:52 PM
Yes Alice I agree with many of Mr. Kelley's points. But his points are easy to make with other people's money. Much harder when its your own money. Like Brian, I also care about old classic beautiful "impractical" things. Brian, classic cars. Me, my 125 year old Victorian. But both of us backed up our love of classic with our hard earned money. That indeed focuses your thoughts: do I really love this house? Do I really love this car? Is it worth it? We both put a lot of skin into the game so to speak. Other than hot air, what skin in the game are you contributing, Mr. Kelley?
March 24th, 2019 9:37 PM
Thank you Deno for the clarification.
March 24th, 2019 8:37 PM
Bruce, it was me who stated that knowingly pushing a large number of cars onto side streets, without a mitigation plan, would be unethical. While Taglia and I disagreed on this project, we have agreed on hundreds of votes in the last two years. We simply see the Madison Street project differently. With that said, three other trustees agreed with Taglia and thought the project was best for the village. If my support was based on one vote, I couldn't support anyone because we all disagree sometimes. Despite Madison St., Taglia is a very solid trustee and has one of my votes. As always, I appreciate your engagement on local issues. Thank you!
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