Stop Billboard Installation On Logan Square
The proposed billboards will overlook the historic and park-like setting of the neighborhood's centerpiece that is Logan Square with its stately Illinois Centennial Monument.
- Commission on Chicago Landmarks
- Landmarks Division - City of Chicago
Attn: Cynthia Roubik
- Alderman, 35th Ward
- Alderman, 32nd Ward
Dear Cindy Roubik and Commission on Chicago Landmarks,
I oppose a permit to place new signage on the multi-story facade of a vacant former storage building located at 2616-18 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the Logan Square Boulevards Landmark District.
The building, which formerly housed Grace's Furniture on the first floor and has been proposed as the site of a new fitness club, historically did not have billboards for rent (historic signage advertised the storage business in the building like many other "Hollander" storage buildings across the city). The building today is the corner of the crucial pivot point of Logan Square in the boulevards district and overlooks a space that the Chicago Department of Transportation is considering for a major renovation on the occasion on the 100th anniversary of the Illinois Centennial Monument located at its heart.
It would be a travesty to allow the building's owner to erect new signage that would mar the historic green space, laid out in part by William LeBaron Jenney and Jens Jensen and appreciated today by so many residents and vistors and landmarked by the city precisely because of its open, park-like feel and historic pedigree.
No billboards have been present on the building for the last several years - to permit them now would detrimentally impact our neighborhood, our quality of life and our historic landmark district. I am opposed.
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