Is MCA’s rooftop solution worse than the problem?
May 25th, 2017
The residents on East Pearson Street are fuming.
If you’ve been following my column, you know they’re worried about property values being affected by development plans of the Museum of Contemporary Art across the street.
The MCA is adding a big restaurant to its main floor–but that’s not the real problem, say residents. It’s the restaurant’s ugly equipment on the roof that has them upset. It’s in full view of MCA’s high-rise neighbors. (Get more details here about the sights and smells that have them sick with worry.)
Condo Board president Jay Doherty, a notable name on Chicagao’s civic scene, recently sent a letter to the MCA calling the equipment on the roof “a hideous and value-decreasing blight on our living enviorment and our material assets.”
The museum says it’s now offering a plan to cover the unsightly HVAC and other mechanicals.
Will it be enough to appease residents? One observer says “the solution is worse than the problem.”
The MCA didn’t return a request to comment but it’s called a last-minute meeting to discuss the issue. It’s today, May 25, at the inopportune time of 4 p.m.