August 1, 2011
Dear Alderman Moreno:
It has come to our attention that the Pizza Hut site at the corner of Ashland and Division is under consideration for development. This is a corner we are very familiar with having walked our daughter to school by it for years and because we frequent the Division stop on the Blue Line. This site has always been and still is regrettably the least favorite part of our walk.
This intersection is one of the city's most historic and has the potential to be one of the most beautiful and thriving urban spaces in the city. The southwest corner is ripe for development as a multistory mixed use building due to its proximity to the Loop, to public transit (the subway, three major bus lines and a critical connection to the planned CTA Circle Line), three major thoroughfares and the Kennedy Expressway, as well as prime shopping, dining and services with will no doubt be attractive to both residential and retail tenants.
Your vision and proactive leadership regarding this site and its future development is critical due to the inherent potential the site possesses. This is a rare opportunity to beneficially impact the future of the Near West Side and the city for at least a century!
Patrick J. Danaher, architect
Judith Q. Danaher