Truman College expansion worries some neighbors
By Angie Leventis Lourgos, Special to the Tribune, July 10, 2009
Uptown residents worry a planned parking garage complex at Truman College could become a haven for gangs and drug dealers if security is not adequate. Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave., on Monday will begin construction on a combined administrative services building and 1,107-car parking garage, to the chagrin of some neighbors who say they were not well informed about the project until site work began in September.
The $55 million McKeon Administration Building is expected to open by fall 2010 to ease congestion and centralize student services, school officials said. Residents are aggravated about a lack of street parking during construction and difficult access to the CTA "L" stop at Wilson once the project is complete. But they're most concerned about security on the construction site and within the completed garage, because they say the neighborhood is a thoroughfare for several gangs.