Berwyn's Arts Blog
Sunday, January 22, 2006
2 Council Meetings, Bungalow Walk
Let me first start out by stating that there will be a Bungalow Walk the weekend of June 4, 2006, wherein homeowners open up their houses to the public. The people running this event are seeking a house on Riverside, between Oak Park and Harlem. If you know of a house/person that will open it up, please contact me and I will put you in touch with the organization in charge. This event should hopefully open up Berwyn to the new world.

There was a Special Council Meeting on January 3, 2006. The idea was to vote again on the Police Contract. This did not occur because not all the Alderpeople were in attendance. Stay tuned on the Police Contract and the other three City contracts for that matter.

There was a regular Council Meeting on January 10, 2006.
A zoning variance was approved for a property located at 6311 Roosevelt Road and I am very excited. This will be a business owned by an artisan woodcrafter and will be his studio, and two or three others' studio, and the items they make, such as furniture, cabinets, etc., will also be sold on site. First class items here.
I am also very excited that we approved the Berwyn Development Corporation's 2006 budget, which will have more than doubled from last year's budget. Within the budget, an Urban Planner will be hired. I campaigned on economic development and we need to let the BDC become more proactive, which this budget will allow that to occur.
Further excitement in the 3rd Ward concerns the Sedgwick Development, or, the property bounded by 32nd, Grove, Stanley and Oak Park. Approval was granted for a 62 foot story building(law allows for 55 feet) and to let the developers places signs on the building to sell the condo units. And, the developers also needed approval for a directory sign to be placed on Berwyn property. Although I have reported on this project in the past, it is now reality. The sales' office will be opening up at the corner of Stanley and Grove on February 12, 2006. There will be approximately 15,000 square feet of retail on the first floor and four floors of condos:one bedroom to three bedrooms; 52 units, priced from $171,000.00 to $314,000.00. There will be underground parking and some ground level parking. Everyone passing on the train will now see that Berwyn is moving forward in a very positive way.

Finally, the 3rd Ward, and City, still needs neighorhood watch captains. Please contact me if interested at MarkWeiner1@Hotmail.Com. And, with that, a new Police Chief will be starting his job on January 23, 2006. I was on the Committee and am quite proud of our selection. I trust you will be, too.

How can the new Police Chief be starting on 1/23/06 when the vote for approval from City Council isn't until 1/24?
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