June 8, 2010
Mr. Christopher Swan, CEO
RSMR Global Resources
308 W. Erie St. 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
Thank you for sharing with the members of the Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project (EESP), the goals of West Edgewater Area Residents (WEAR) Block Club for the long abandoned Edgewater Medical Center (EMC) site.
As voted during EESP’s May meeting, we formally support the efforts of the WEAR Block club and its residents to negotiate a mixed use landscaped park, green space and tot lot, in all or part of the EMC land now owned by Dexia – for the following reasons:
- WEAR is part of a dense urban residential area that is under-served with respect to park space and which does not meet the city’s own requirements of accessible park/green space acreage per 1000 residents. Thus this is an ideal time and opportunity to develop such a needed space.
- This neighborhood is bounded by major thoroughfares with high traffic volume and fast moving vehicles, which prohibits the safe passage of adults and children to other distant parks in Edgewater.
- The establishment of a park with sustainable landscaping including trees and swales will help the overall goals of enhancing air quality, capturing emissions and would also aid in the management of stormwater runoff.
- A healthy environment includes having a park space for adults to relax outdoors, as well as place for children, with safe play equipment so they can exercise and have fun within the safety of their own family neighborhood.
As you know, the EESP is a very active committee of the Edgewater Community Council. The mission and goals of the EESP are to develop awareness, habits, and practices in Edgewater that will lead to a more sustainable future. We believe that including a mixed use park on the former Edgewater Medical Center property will enhance the neighborhood, its property values and encourage quality businesses in the surrounding commercial areas. We thank and support the efforts by the WEAR Block Club to acquire public park space on this site.
Thomas Murphy, Ph.D.
Chairperson and Coordinators
Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project
cc: Alderman O’Connor; Jeff Pavia, WEAR President