By Lorraine Swanson, Editor
Truman College is set to host a community meeting starting at 6 p.m. Monday, March 24, to hear plans for its Student Services Center expansion and parking garage.
Plans call for expanded parking for students and faculty to relieve resident and street parking, additional green space and landscaping, new facilities for expanded continuing education programs, along with other facilities and outdoor space for hosting community events.
The school is also seeking LEEDS-certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the new structure. Some residents living within 250 feet from the city community college began receiving letters informing them of a zoning change for the planned development last week.
According to a flyer announcing the community meeting, "Per City Council requirements, community meetings take place within two weeks of introduction, which is the reason for this short notice."
Truman is hosting the meeting to discuss these plans with the neighborhood, culminating from a community meeting that took place last summer.
"We're doing an update on the project and showing what the renderings will like," explained Meaghan Harte, vice president of Illinois Operations for Earth Tech, the full-service engineering firm that will be managing construction for the project.
Harte stated that residents will be able to ask questions at the meeting. Residents will also be able to submit written questions to 46th Ward Alderman Helen Shiller's office and City Colleges of Chicago if they cannot make Monday's meeting.
Funding for the project includes approximately $13 million to $14 million from the state of Illinois and $30 million from City Colleges of Chicago's capital budget. Truman has also applied for $10 million in funding from the Wilson Yard TIF District, CCC spokeswoman Elsa Tullos said.