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POLL: Should Residents Continue to Fight Against the Construction of Mercy Circle?

Construction has begun on Mercy Circle, yet there's still opposition to the project. Should residents still fight it? Take our poll.

This week, the and officially started construction of Mercy Circle, 10024 S. Central Park Ave., a facility that will house retired clergy.

Critics continue to oppose the building, saying that it doesn't fulfill the original intent of the land for "religious educational purposes." Others oppose because of environmental issues, the safety of children and the proximity to Southwest Elementary School that sits next door at the intersection of 99th Street and Central Park Ave.

After District 124 board of education president Kathleen Rohan read the district's resolution opposing the development, two board members voted against accepting it, one stating that it was much like "beating a dead horse."

But what do you think? Should residents continue to fight against the construction of Mercy Circle? Take our poll and share your opinion in the comments.

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Ozzy June 08, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Welcome to Evertar Park. If it is green, we'll pave it over!
R Gibbons June 08, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I support the Sisters of Mercy and their retirement home! There are bigger issues of gang activity that needs to be addressed. Evergreen Park is supposed to be a Village of Churches. Really! Pay more attention to the moral climate in this village that I've lived in my whole life than picking on a retirement home for a religious order that has educated many of Evergreen Park girls.
Mary Usher June 08, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Thank you R. Gibbons. I couldn't agree more. District 124 should worry about reading and math scores, gang activity and using resources for the educational program and not another lawsuit. Especially one that cannot be won. Have you driven down 99th street lately? Construction is well underway. Let the Sisters alone. They are causing no harm with their plans.
M M June 08, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I have to disagree with the above comments. I am in support of a nursing home, but I am not in support of it being right on top of the H.S. or the grammer school. I assume the people who are making the comments do not have children at either of these two. My concerns are strictly coming from a parents perspective as to traffic concerns, staffing requirements, etc. I also find it terrible that land that was annexed to these fine sisters is not being used for the intended purpose. I would feel much different if McAuley was using it for another wing!

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