Loyola Seeks To Permanently Close a Block of Kenmore Avenue
Loyola University is actively seeking to close a stretch of Kenmore Ave., between Sheridan Rd. and Rosemont Ave. The block is already shut down due to construction in the area, and Loyola owns the vast majority of buildings on the portion of Kenmore in question.
The university’s long term plan is to create a targeted residential area for the campus, which would be fully landscaped and include benches as well as walkways. Two new dorms would be constructed, DiNobili Hall and San Francisco Hall. The new housing contributes to Loyola’s goal to provide on campus housing for 60-65 percent of students. A sustainable greenhouse are also included in the plan.
According to Loyola, “The Greenhouse will be used for the production of food that will supply a café in the building. The café will be open to the public. The greenhouse and adjoining labs in Wright Hall will serve as a continuous demonstration of urban agriculture creating a closed food loop; food waste will be used in the food lab as part of further student research.”
The temporary closure of the block already has some students finding themselves inconvenienced, given its central location on campus. Lighting has recently stepped up in the area to promote safety, though this doesn’t mitigate the tendency of students to use Kenmore’s alley as an alternate route. Permanent closure of the block would discourage bike traffic as well. While it remains to be seen whether the planned closure will actually materialize, local residents have recently been voicing their opposition to the idea.