Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Neighbors Approve Zoning Variance For Haymarket Books

800 W. Buena, the future home of Haymarket Books
From Ald. Cappleman's latest email:

"At the request of Buena Park Neighbors, Ald. Cappleman held a series of community meetings to discuss a special use zoning variance for the Center for Economic Research & Social Change (with Haymarket Books) which would allow a community center within the building located at 800 W. Buena). This location currently has a special use variance for a community center, but a new one is required for a new organization.

The residents within 250' of this proposal voted 50 in favor and 30 not in favor for this special use variance, and the results of this vote were affirmed by an overwhelming support of residents outside the 250' range. 

Ald. Cappleman supports this decision because the concerns of the neighbors regarding parking and congestion issues were adequately addressed by having parking available at both Brennemann and Disney Schools and the limited number of evening events they normally host. This special use also helps to protect the historic nature of this home. 

While many viewed the politics of this organization as controversial, their community meetings would meet the very same criteria that any Chicago public library uses for allowing such events. In addition, the value of diversity that so many residents desire is reinforced when differing political beliefs are tolerated and respected. Ald. Cappleman will work with this organization and the local neighbors to create a Good Neighbor Agreement so that the organization's events do not put an undue hardship on the surrounding residents."

1 comment:

  1. I'm happy that this change got approved. I'm disappointed that 30 of my fellow Uptown residents voted no, but sanity prevailed.

    I welcome the commies to our leafy hood. I suspect six months down the road the naysayers will hardly notice that the Marxian horde has established a Buena Beachhead.

    My advice to our new neighbors is the same advice I would give any new neighbor. Shovel your snow, maintain your landscaping, don't have any kegger parties and enjoy the neighborhood. Spend some of your cash at our local establishments. Commie cash spends as well as capitalist cash.

    Now if you will excuse me I need to go battle US Senators who want to outlaw certain calls for boycotting Israel and campus leftists who want to outlaw anything than annoys them.

    Gawd I hate the extreme left and the extreme right.

    Hail Fredonia!