Loyola looking to close portion of Kenmore; create pedestrian walkway
Kenmore Avenue has been closed due to construction south of Sheridan and north of Rosemont, but Loyola may seek to make this closure permanent. According to the University’s newspaper, the Loyola Student Dispatch, the school is exploring the possibility of converting the street into a pedestrian walkway.
“It [Kenmore] will become a south campus residential village. Like the rest of the campus there would not be cars except for emergencies. The south campus would be landscaped with grass, trees, flowers, benches, and pedestrian walkways,” said Jennifer Clark, vice president of campus/community planning at Loyola, in the Loyola Student Dispatch article.
The Edgeville Buzz first reported this could be a possibility in 2012, as part of Loyola’s long term plan, but now it appears it could become a reality. When contacted, 48th Ward Alderman Osterman’s office confirmed that Loyola is exploring the possibility and working on an application that they’ll submit to the City to close off the street. As part of Osterman’s community process, Loyola would be required to present such a plan to the community and seek feedback.
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