Early last week, members of PERRO were pleased to hear that Alderman Daniel Solis had pulled his support for a proposal to build a heliport at Halsted and 24th Street. PERRO had raised concerns that the heliport had received no community review process and could bring noise and air pollution to the Pilsen community. On Tuesday, February 18th we found out that the Alderman had issued a letter to Chicago Plan Commission pulling his initial support for the project because of the fact that community had not been consulted. A planned hearing for the project at the Plan Commission last Thursday, February 20th was subsequently postponed.
However, PERRO was upset to discover Friday that despite previous claims that he had yet to make up his mind on the Pure Metals proposal to build a metal recycling facility across the street from Juarez High School, he is clearly in support of this dangerous project. Below is a photo of the letter that was delivered by the Alderman’s staff to the City Council at the Zoning Board Hearing on Friday, February 21st expressing his support for Pure Metals.
This is an insult to the dozens of community members who turned out last Friday to express their opposition to the Pure Metals proposal and who waited as long as 10 hours to testify. The City Council chamber was filled with opponents who numbered so many that in the end they were not all able to testify. We are very disappointed in the Alderman’s decision on this dangerous new polluter and will continue to work on preventing the project from moving forward. Stay posted for future developments.