Neighbors United to Save Harper Court

See Petition.
See statement and questions handed out at March 13 TIF meeting by NUSHC.

Many people are alarmed to read about the possible sale of Harper Court. In order for people who are concerned about this issue to share information and ideas, we have set up an email address:
saveharpercourt@yahoo.com and a list serve: saveharpercourt@yahoogroups.com.

We urge interested neighbors and friends to email us if they would like to join the list serve, and we will send you an emailed invitation. Or you can join directly by sending an email to saveharpercourt-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. In a day or two, Yahoo will send an email back to you asking to respond to confirm that you really do want to subscribe.

We are circulating petitions addressed to Alderman Preckwinkle asking that she do everything in her power to preserve Harper Court. A copy of the petition is attached. There will also be individualized petitions from customers at Harper Court Businesses.

We also plan to visit the office of the Illinois Attorney General to become better informed about the regulation of non-profits trying to sell their assets and to make our concerns known to the Attorney General’s office.

Neighbors to Save Harper Court can be contacted by calling Sonya at 773 548-5779 or by emailing Saveharpercourt@yahoo.com.

What people can do:

PETITION:

Dear Alderman Preckwinkle:

We the undersigned respectfully request that you do everything in your power to preserve Harper Court. As customers of the Harper Court businesses, it is very important to us that these vibrant local retail outlets be able to stay in the community at an affordable rent.

We ask you to represent us as you deal with the developers who are seeking to turn Harper court, a community non-profit resource, to private use. As the alderman, you have the power to facilitate a developer’s work or to let developer know that he or she is violating community interests. Losing Harper Court is NOT in the interest of this community.

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Contact Neighbors to Save Harper Court at saveharpercourt@yahoo.com or call Sonya at 773 548-5779. Return petitions to S. Csaszar, 4800 S. Chicago Beach Drive, #1003 North, Chicago, IL 60615

 

Neighbors United to Save Harper Court statement and questions distributed at the March 13 TIF meeting

saveharpercourt@yahoogroups.com

Neighbors United to Save Harper Court represents many parts of the Hyde Park in the community. It is in the best interests of the community to keep the current Harper Court Tenants in Hyde Park, most would like to see Harper Court continue with its mission an make necessary repairs for improvement.

We would like a moratorium on the sale and/or redevelopment and current businesses offered two-three year leases while the community comes together to decide what it wants. There are already two vacantly retail spots on 53rd, and therefore this is not the best time to redevelop Harper Court. Redevelopment should begin in already vacant retail spaces on 53rd St.

People would like a continued public ownership of Harper Court and are concerned with the lack of transparency and the indifference to the desires of the community with the current board. we want focus on getting community folks on the Harper Court Board.

We would like to see a wider representation of the community on the board. There ought to be a representative of the alderman, and maybe of the HPKCC..., and a member of the HPNC board. The wider the representation on the HC board, the less likely decisions will be made without acknowledging the community.

Our Questions

  1. Why did the Foundation decide to sell? Why now? What is t he urgency behind the sale?
  2. What maintenance and repairs are needed in Harper Court and what estimates have you gotten on the costs? As we would like to keep current tenants like the Animal Clinic.
  3. Who made the decision to sell? Can we get a copy of minutes of the board meeting of the Foundation and the Council?
  4. Will you accept a community effort to help them find the financial resources to preserve Harper Court and to continue with the original mission of providing the much-needed affordable retail spaces in Hyde Park.? Top