To the editors:
Ben Joravsky provided a great deal of information on and insight to the problem of Butternut Square in his November 20 article "Controversy on Clybourn: Attack of the Amazing Expanding Seven-Screen Theater" [Neighborhood News]. However, I would like to clarify a few issues. Phil Walters is reported as saying that the neighborhood organizations' negotiations were "a farce," and that people "were kept in the dark." It should be noted that Mr. Walters did attend the first negotiation meeting at Alderman Gabinski's office on July 16. His decision to withdraw his participation was based on his personal schedule which took him out of town, as he stated at the October 8 public meeting.
Concerned Allied Neighbors is a neighborhood group chartered by the state and is comprised of local residents and businesses. We are only as strong and as active as the members involved. We meet the first, second, and third Thursday of every month at 6:30 at Christopher House, 2507 N. Greenview, and all meetings are open. Our policies and decisions reflect the priorities of those who make the time to attend our meetings and vote.
Our boundaries are Lakewood on the east, Diversey on the north, Armitage on the south, and the Chicago River on the west. Within our area there are currently over 650 residential units and a million square feet of commercial property being developed. We encourage all residents and businesspeople to join our democratic process which will determine the face of this neighborhood for the future.
James S. Bach
Concerned Allied Neighbors