|The Stewart School lawn and campus in October 2015|
DNAinfo says, "city workers were sent Monday morning to fence off the property with the aid of police."
|From a reader, who says, "This was the view @ 8:00 AM this morning, I counted 14 tents in total. Normally there were usually about 7 - 9 tents, and I thought 14 was an "unusual" number." (click all photos to enlarge)|
|"A Univision crew is filming, their truck is at right edge of photo...this is as of noon on Monday, 9/27"|
|As of 12:10pm, "contrast this with the first picture above, you can see the tents are now cleared."|
According to DNAinfo, "A spokesman for the Department of Family and Support Services said residents were warned months in advance and again on Friday. Anything left behind at the school will be thrown in the trash, the spokesman said."
According to the Bryant Agreement, which specifies the rights of the homeless to their possessions kept on public land, only "portable items" may be maintained. The Agreement, which was made between Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and the City, and signed by both, specifies that Lower Wacker Drive and the Wilson Viaduct are the only public lands on which the homeless may congregate. It also spells out the kinds of items that are allowed and prohibited, the cleaning schedule for those areas, and what kind of notice must be given prior to cleaning.
After being closed in 2013, the former Stewart School was sold in January to Morningside USA for redevelopment.
The lawn on which the tents were erected was formerly Kenmore Avenue until it was filled in to create a campus park in 2008.