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Pilsenites protest proposed Podmajersky parking plot

S4010004.jpg A group of Pilsen residents held a press conference Thursday morning to protest the sale of a public community garden to John Podmajersky, who intends to build a parking lot in its place. The plot of land, located at S. Canalport and S. Union Ave., has been built into a community garden over the last decade with support from sources as diverse as the Pilsen Alliance, the Openlands Project, Archdiocese of Chicago, Resurrection Project, and many others. Approximately 25 Pilsenites addressed the media and an absent 25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis, who earlier in the day had promised to attend.

The land was sold on 24 January 2007 for $835,000 ($847,000 if one includes the $12,000 investment Podmajersky made during Solis’ 2006 reelection campaign). Transfers of public property, as well as the rezoning necessary to pave over the area, require public notices so that community residents may have input in the decision. Neither Sra. Cervantes, who lives adjacent to the garden, nor others in the community heard anything about it, nor did they see any notices for public comment on the proposal. A call from CIMC to Alderman Solis’ office seeking clarification on this matter was not returned.

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