By Lorraine Swanson, Editor, News-Star
A community meeting hosted by Truman College to unveil its revised plans for a new parking garage and student services center ended in a bare-knuckled battle of the wits between residents and Ald. Helen Shiller, 46th Ward.
More than 100 residents packed Truman's cafeteria at the community meeting on Monday night, which featured an all-star lineup that included CTA President Ron Huberman; Lynn Walker, Truman's acting president, and other officials from the City Colleges of Chicago, the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, and the Chicago Department of Transportation.
The revised plans culminated from a community meeting held last summer. The college is planning to add a building on its campus at 1145 W. Wilson Ave. that will include a nine-level parking garage for students and faculty, along with a student services center that will house the college's administrative departments, financial aid office and tutoring services.
Seven levels of the complex will be located toward the back of the structure underneath the CTA train tracks to buffer it from the campus and surrounding neighborhood. The top portion of the structure will extend toward the college's existing buildings, with two additional levels of parking and the student services center. The structure will provide 1,136 parking spaces.
Walker said that Truman has the most students of the city's seven community colleges, serving 15,000 students annually in its college credit and continuing education programs.