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Community Weighs In On Trumbull School’s Fate, Findings Released

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A sketch of a proposed Trumbull repurpose

Trumbull School’s doors have been closed since the end of the last school year. The neighborhood has been concerned not only about the loss of the school but what will come of the building and who or what, will be residing in the building. On Monday, November 24, 2014, several hundred community members and neighbors met in the auditorium of the Trumbull school to hear about the proposals from several developers who have expressed interest. Read the article summarizing the meeting here.

Following that meeting, an email survey was sent to those who listed their email addresses at the meeting. There were 310 responses completed via email. On January 15, 2015, a report on the survey results was received. There was a meeting on January 16th comprised of organizations WANT, WARE, ASNA, BCO, The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and the Edgewater Historical Society to discuss the survey results. Two major conclusions were readily apparent from community members responses in the survey findings…

  1. The structure of the building would remain intact
  2. Any request for proposal (RFP) would require that the building apply for landmark status

The 310 survey results that community members sent in, compared a variety of key findings including those who attended only a portion of a meeting, those who came to support a specific plan, those who lived within ten blocks of Trumbull and those who attended but were not in support of any specific plan.

Of all of those who attended the meeting and filled out a survey after event, 54% were there to support a particular project. The two proposals which received the highest votes were Chicago Development Corporation with Time Line Theatre and the Waldorf School proposal.

In the update summary of findings that were sent out to all those who took the survey, the report stated “Obviously coming to conclusions on the basis of this type of data is a difficult task and an inexact science. However, we do feel that the combination of great neighborhood participation in our survey, involvement of the community groups and consultation with the Board of Education has lead us to a good starting point to begin to formulate the language for acceptable uses within an RFP.” Questions and comments can be sent to 40th Ward Alderman O’Connor’s office via email to ward40@cityofchicago.org.

This does not mean that either of these choices is the final decision. There is still a long way to go in preparing a request for proposal (RFP) and work with the Board of Education as well as the City of Chicago. We expect to hear more on this in the weeks and months ahead.


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