CTA president Ron Huberman was even on hand to blow residents' minds with a plan for more retail and perhaps even a new L station at Montrose. We won't hold our breath on that one. We do ask for clarification on that from residents who were at the meeting.
One vocal resident who had the crowd nodding in agreement brought up the fact that this use of TIF dollars does not even fall into the category of what it was designed to be used for. No clear clarification on this point was given. Other residents questioned why non-Truman students whose tax dollars will pay for this lot have to pay themselves to park.
Overall, more questions were raised than answered, and the meeting did draw to an abrupt close when the questions became more heated. We invite others to share their perspective of tonight's meeting.
If anyone is interested in seeing the specs, as shown in a PowerPoint presentation, you can see them by clicking on these links: Site Map, Landscape Plan, Project Design 1, Project Design 2, and Project Design 3.
Update: A meeting attendee just sent in this video showing Alderman Shiller responding to a tough question from a resident. It's short, but it gives you an idea of the type of "answers" attendees heard the entire evening. If any other residents have videos, upload them to You-Tube and send us the link.
Update: Check out the FAQs handed out the Truman Meeting yesterday.