Wood Street park: Your second opinion

Volunteers studying the future of the 13th District police station are paying close attention to a second online poll on new uses for the site.

In circulating the survey, working group member Ronda Locke takes note of one option the EVA board continues to investigate: leveraging the police property to expand Commercial Park.

Ald. Proco Joe Moreno "is supportive" of a land swap, Locke says, but unless the poll backs housing on the police site "it will be a hard sell regardless of EVA's recommendation." The working group advising Moreno is committed what the "community most wants," Locke said.

The first survey circulated in August before the city revealed that it would raze the 937 N. Wood St. building soon after police move to a new station at 1412 S. Blue Island Ave.

A land swap is one of 16 options in the new poll, ranging from community garden to electric vehicle charging station. A police substation is not among the choices. The survey asks participants to rate options on a 5-point scale and to pick their top choice. The form also asks for suggestions on other uses, groups that might develop the police tract, and a name for the park.

Take the survey here. Locke says the committee wants to consider the results and any EVA advice before Sept. 30.

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