While the rather plain and ordinary four square prairie house (in comparison) is being demolished at Sherwin and Sheridan the Farcroft is once again clad in scaffolding. This time with green tarps. Renovations of buildings of this age and magnitude take longer than most educated estimates. Not sure what the exact nature of this work is. No info on the Farcroft Facebook page.
For a building of this size to thrive in the city you do need some parking nearby. Most sites in the city downtown are towers on parking pedestals or there are surface lots or parking structures nearby. Not so in Rogers Park. Even progressive, bicycle loving, tree-hugging, ultra-liberal Evanston has plenty of downtown parking garages and condos built above parking. Somehow they survive the resultant river of traffic. If parking garages are good enough for Evanston, they are good enough for Rogers Park.
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All forms of transportation need to be supported for a prosperous city. Too long Rogers Park and its lakefront has suffered from lack of investment and business. Lots of people pass through the RP on their way to the Northshore or downtown. These folks have money. Would be nice if they stopped to check out Rogers Park to shop, eat or even live. Pratt and Sheridan has had trouble keeping a decent restaurant in the old Rogers Park hotel. They probably need some valet parking or parking options nearby.
Perhaps one day Rogers Park will have office buildings and more opportunities for people to work. Rogers Park already has its fair share of nursing homes, outpatient psychiatric and social services. A great residential neighborhood that has decent public transportation (L and Metra), a respected private university (Loyola), and the most beautiful lakefront (Loyola Park, Farwell Pier et. al.) in Chicago. But most people have to commute in order to make a living, most of it not reasonably accessible by public transportation.
Now that there will be more parking by the lake there will be a lot of outsiders coming to see what they have been missing (and didn't know it). Not such a bad thing.