Monday, November 9, 2015
What's Going Up At Ainslie and Kenmore? A Parking Lot
Several readers have asked about the new construction at the northwest corner of Kenmore and Ainslie, where the urban farm used to be. A little investigation turns up that an outdoor parking lot for 24 cars, with four light standards, is being built, as a reader commented in 2014.
It will serve Mid-America Care Center located next door, at 4920 North Kenmore. The nursing home has owned the lot for quite a few years, and while having a working farm there was charming, Mid-America of course has the right to develop its own property.
The parking takes advantage of an empty lot, but doesn't create a lot of infrastructure in case the nursing home wants to build something there in the future. Readers with good memories may remember its request to build an eight-story assisted living center there a few years ago, which was opposed and denied by then-alderman Mary Ann Smith.
With the nursing home requiring round-the-clock staffing, and the location just a block or so from the Aragon, parking's got to be a problem on concert nights, both for staff and visitors. Hopefully this is a good solution for both the nursing home and the community.