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Austin News, The (Newspaper) - December 1, 1965, Chicago, Illinois Panic Fighters to Ask OK of Code-See Page 3 COMMUNITY WAXT ADS 7 Papers for the Of 1 Minimum Cliorge Sl.Gtt Phone: JES 9-ttOOO FHE AUSTIN NEWS Branch Banking Drive Unmasked; See Editorial Vol. 26 No. 38 Office: 4906 W. Chicago Ave. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER I, 1965 This Issue Consists of 1 Pages At Newsstands lOc a copy By Mall 50 a Year Ceiling of once ornate Symphony theater, 4935 wall to create opening large enough to Chicago, dangles in pieces Monday, held only in crane with traditional wreckers ball at- by iron framework as wrecking crews start tached. Total project is expected to be corn- razing. Roof is expected to be removed by the pleted inside of six weeks to two months, end of this week with work turning to the east (Staff Photo) Workmen Start Razing Old Symphony Theater An Austin New campaign to get an Austin eyesore cleaned up or demolished reached its this week as workmen started destruction of the Sym- phony theater at 4935 Chicago. Monday unseen workmen sent chunks of plaster and me- tal reverberating to the con- crete floor as they enlarged the gaping hole in the roof started last week. The roof should be complete- ly removed by the end of this week, according to Scott Moore, foreman of the demoli- tion crew. Then the wall on the east side of the brick structure will be leveled. The entire job, Moore said, should be completed within six weeks to two months, de- pending on the weather. Workmen arrived on the scene last Tuesday and placed a barricade in front of the building preparatory to starting actual demolition work. Whether razing of the theater will bring an end to the court litigation that has gone on for the past three years remained uncertain. When the demolition crews arrived Dave Pielet, building owner, said he had an injunction to stop the work. La- ter, however, he said he would sue the city for damages. As of Monday, city officials had not heard of any new court action initiated by Pielet. The theater, vacant since the early 1950s, had long been a source of complaints to the Austin-News'-Willing Willie co- lumn both as to its condition and as a hangout for young hoodlums. V At one time Austin district police commander John Neu- rauter ordered special inspec- tion of the premises at regular intervals to keep undesirables from gathering there. Last Ap- ril 3 a number of bricks from a side wall fell from the building and damaged a car parked be- low. Early in 1962 the city filed suit against the Symphony as a dangerous building open to va- When Pielet agreed to board up the building and re- move an overhanging fire es- cape the case dismissed An inspection conducted by city building inspectors in the fall of 1964, however, showed that the building, previously listed as only 8 per cent depreciated, was now 56 per cent depreciated. They found the inside had been gutted and entry was available to vandals through a large brok- en window and a door. As a result of this inspection a suit for demolition was filed last March. A demolition order was issued by Judge Richard Napolitano April 20 in Housing court. However, after Pielet appealed that he intended to fix up the building, Judge tano agreed to lift the order if such action was taken. On Nov. 10 of last months after the demolition or- der had first been politano ruled that work done by Pielet had amounted to "just about nothing" and per- mitted the demolition decree to stand. As the city had already taken bids for the demolition work last summer all it had to do after the Nov. 10 ruling was tell the low bidder to start work Improvements made by Piel- et during the six months the demolition decree was hanging over his head included installa- tion of a new aluminum and glass facade at the ground le- i vel, cleaning the upper portion of the front, installation of a concrete floor and tuckpointing of the exterior. He had failed to produce a tenant. Neighbors and civic groups backed the campaign to "re- (Contmued on Page 4) Mayor's Plan For Elevated Expressway Approved Here After months of study, city, state and highway engineers yesterday proposed a route for the north-south expressway suggested three years ago by Cong. Dan Ronan, then alder- man of the 30th ward, as the one that would disrupt the least number of homes and provide the greatest amount of addi- tional service. The elevat- ed over the Belt Line and three other supported editorially by Community Pub- lications when Ronan first sug- gested it, then was kicked around by officials at every level before yesterday's an- nouncement by Mayor Daley that it represents the best thinking of highway engineers. Both Edwin McMahon, present 30th ward alderman and Thomas Casey, 37th ward alderman, were quick to endorse the route. "It is an excellent said McMahon. "Fewer people will be displaced. There will be little disruption of industry or business. Two-thousand fewer structures will be displaced than if the highway were to go down Cicero." Casey also endorsed the pro- route as "less disrup- tive." The highway would cut through portions of the 30th ward, but none of the 37th. Approval of the route was also voiced by Rev. James White, chairman of the Austin Community organization plan- ning committee, which held a controversial public rally on the issue a year ago and had been outspoken m its stand that Austin should not be divided by a highway. Hailing the announcement as a victory for the people of Aus- tin, Rev. White said Mayor Daley has now kept a promise made to an AGO group that Austin would not be cut up by an expressway. "We are happy to back the Mayor's he contin- ued. "The need for a north- south expressway has long been discussed. The proposed route strike-s a most happy compromise between the community's needs and metropolitan-wide transporta- tion demands." Gerald W. Cavanagh, presi- dent of the Chicago Motor Club, praised the announcement as welcome news culminating a campaign started by the Motor club in 1960. He said the in- Ogurek Named Gen'l Manager Carfield Park Health Fair Opens Today at Purcell Something for everyone is the aim of the Garfield Park Health fair which begins today in Purcell hall, 4300 Washing- ton Five turkeys and other prizes will be given away each of the three days of the fair door prues Free influenza are available to all desinns them Fair officials also hope to idc immunizations for i (''seases. such as o nallpox, diptheria and x-ray unit will make rr clust x-rays to detect tu- bei culosis. from the so- -.cc'intv office will explain )i-ri fns available under the Medicare program, and .ID i.s t to receive them. 1 he Illinois division of narco- tic N control will present films and lectures on dope addiction at 2 p.m. today and at a m. tomorrow. At a.m. Friday, Msgr Ignatius McDermolt. head of the Catholic Charities consulta- tion and educational p m iomonov. from lo 30 a m until 8 .iO p m and Fn- clav from 10 am to 3 p m The fair is sponsored by the Chica- RO board of health and the Gar- field Park Health Fair commit- tee. Other exhibits, with free lit- erature, are maintained by the Chicago board of health, Chica- go board of education, Mental Health society. Cook County Tuberculosis institute, Interna- tional College of Surgeons, American Cancer society, Chi- cago Heart association, Chica- go Dental society, Illinois Epi- leptic league and Chicago Di- abetes association. t" At mo.st of the exhibits, rep- resentatives will be on hand to discuss the particular health problems of their organizations. Carl Stockholm, West Side civic leader, is chairman of the fair committee and Rev. Jo- seph Kelly. St. Mel's church, and Leo Goltz, president of the Garfield Park Chamber of 1 Commerce, are co-chairmen. Other committee members are Leonard Foster, Garfield Park Chamber of Commerce: James Rich. Off-the Street club. H. Marlm Landwehr. managing editor. Community Publica- tions. Joseph Madigan Jr. vice president, Madigans, and Dr. Joseph A. Tobm, Chicago board of health JOHN S. OGUREK The appointment of John S. Ogurek as general manager of Community Publicationns Inc., was announced Friday by Bruce Sagan, publisher. Ogurek replaces Robert Shless, who has been general manager for the past year and will take over new duties in connection with the solicitation of national advertising for the entire 14-newspaper group owned by Sagan, the second largest weekly chain in the country. Ogurek joined Community Publications, where he has been advertising manager of the Northwest Journal, in 1962 after the Northwesttown Boos- ter, of which he had been man- ager for 15 years, suspended publication Born and raised on the Northwest Side, Ogurek has been active in the North-Craw- ford Chamber of Commerce, of which he is a past president and executive secretary He is also a member of the North- west Lions club Set Rites for Auto Victim provement would benefit the entire metropolitan area. While the highway would be built almost entirely on air rights, the amount of property to be acquired in each area will not be known until the lo- cation and number of ramps for entrance and exit are deter- mined. Yesterday's report made no mention of ramps and it is understood this will not be determined until after public hearings are completed. X The first public hearing has been set by the Plan commis- sion for 2-30 p.m., Dec. 15, in the City council chambers. A second will be held Jan. 5. After Plan commission ap- proval, the project will go be- fore the City council, whose traffic committee also probably will hold a public hearing. It will then go to the county and the state before final submis- sion to the federal government. Mayor Daley presented the proposal as "an introduction of a preliminary study and re- commendation" of the depart- ment of development and plan- ning. The 22-mile route would extend from the junction of Kennedy and Edens express- ways on the north to 7500 south, then east over a railroad to connect with the Dan Ryan expressway. In addition to the Belt Line, railroads involved would be the North Western, Wabash and Chicago, Mil- waukee and St. Paul. The road would be six to eight lanes wide, 98 per cent elevated with a clearance of 23 feet above the tracks. The only non-elevated portion would be a small stretch at the south end. Without knowing the exact number of properties to be af- fected until the ramp locations are determined, the report "es- timated" that 470 residential, 135 industrial and 80 commer- cial properties would be in- volved in some degree. Not all properties would be demol- ished, the report said, predict- ing that in many cases only a part of the property would be needed or construction could go over the property. Daley said he expects no op- position to the project from the federal government, which may indicate that it has been cleared with federal officials. A main argument raised against an elevated road in previous discussions of the proposal has been a contention that the fed- eral bureau of roads would turn down a completely elevat- ed project as too costly to build and requiring too steep grades for ramps. The cost was estimated at between 300 and 500 million dollars, again depending upon the number of ramps. Of the amount, 90 per cent would be paid by the federal government and the other' 10 per cent shared by the city, county and state. All of the money would come from motor fuel taxes. Property acquisition for the highway is not to start until after Jan. 1, 1967 with com- pletion scheduled for the end of 1972, the deadline date set by Congress for completion of the interstate highway sys- tem. The elevated highway would be a first for Chicago, Daley said, explaining that this would be the first expressway built over a railroad right-of-way. He said it would handle 000 vehicles a day, reduce fa- talities by 15 per cent, relieve local streets within a two-mile radius and cut the cost of tra- vel from 15 to 7 cents per mile. The Cicero ave. bus route would not be disturbed, he add- ed, the elevated construction would prove less noisy to sur- rounding areas and the con- struction would blend in with adjacent industrial land uses. The tax base, he also empha- sized, would be disturbed less than if a ground level route were adopted. services are sched- uled 'ifor Friday for a youth killed Sunday in an auto acci- dent to allow for the possibility of a brother serving in Viet Nam to come home. Dead is Charles Caputo, 18, of 5110 Fullerton, who died in a collision of two cars at North and LeClaire. Inquest was scheduled for yesterday in the Rago Brothers chapel, 5120 Fullerton. Four other youths were in- jured in the Sunday night acci- dent. Two were reported in "fair" condition yesterday and two were reported as "pretty good." Taken to St. Anne's hospital were Dennis Vito, 19, of 4815 Fullerton, driver of the car, in "fair" condition; his brother, Donald, 18, a passenger, listed as "pretty good." John Timo- thy, 20, of 1759 N. Latrobe, driver of the other car, was also listed as "pretty good." Michael Werschkul, 19, of 5001 Grand, in the Vito car, was reported "fair" in St. Anne's hospital. Funeral service for Charles will start at 9 a m in the Rago chapel with a a.m. mass set for St. Genevieve's church. The funeral was delayed pend- ing the possible arrival home of Charles' brother, Victor, serving in the Army in Viet Nam. The accident reportedly oc- curred when the car driven by Dennis Vito, westbound in North ave., hit the car driven by Timothy that was stopped in North ave at LeClaire Corcoran Place Street Signs Finally Co Up City Expanding War on Rodents Buildings in the West Gar- field park area where rodent and insect infestation has been reported are expected to be in line for extermination efforts under the city's newly estab- lished rodent control program. Six .seven-man crews en- gaged m the clean-up cam- paign serviced more than 500 buildings in the Woodlawn and Lawndale areas m the first 10 days of the program, launched early in November. Building owners are being billed for the work at the rate of S5 per man hour with the total cost varying from to S100 per building. In one case the seven-man crew worked for eight hours exterminating a sixty-apart- ment building. The city operated program was undertaken because of fail- ure by building owners and the tenants themselves to take pro- per measures to rid the build- ings of rats and disease carry- ing vermin. The program i.s under the di- rection of the board of health with the department of build- ings and department of sanita- tion participating Building inspectors accompa- ny the crews to check for addi- tional code violations, and sani- tation inspectors treat the adja- cent streets and alleys for rats and vermin as has been done in the past. Tribute was paid to the man credited with elevating the Lake st. rapid transit line west of Laramie last week as city crews raised new street signs bearing the name Corcoran pi. The new designation covering only the diagonal parking area in the south branch of Lake from Pine to Austin honors the late 37th ward alderman, Paul Corcoran, who died in March, 1964. An ordinance proposed by Mayor Daley in June. 1964, sev- enteen months ago, and passed by the City Council called for the south branch of Lake si it- self to be renamed Corcoran dr. from 5500 west at Pine lo the city limits at Austin Blv.d. Objections to this step were raised by businessmen along the south branch of Lake who stated that a change in the street name would involve- costly expendi- tures in changing their ac- counts, stationery and related items. Designating the parking area service drive as Corcoran pi. was then proposed by State Sen Thomas A. McGloon, 37th ward committeeman, as a com- promise solution, still in keep- ing with the purpose of putting the alderman's name on his most meaningful project. Commonwealth Edison and the Reuben H. Donnelly Co. have both been acknowledging the June, 1964 council action in renaming Lake st. itself, des- pite the fact that the city had nol unlil last week erected the signs Customers living along the soulh side of Lake st. have been receiving Iheir utilily bills since August, 1964 listing their address as Corcoran dr. X A Commonwealth Edison spokesman explained that the company followed through au- tomatically in changing its re- cords when informed by its City hall liaison man of the new ordinance The Donnelly company in the Red Book telephone direc- tory which it publishes lists Corcoran dr. in its street guide a.s existing at 200 N. in postal zone 44. Customers, however, have their addresses listed a.s Lake st. A spokesman with the dept. of streets and sanitation responsible for erecting the changed street signs was questioned on the 17 month delay by Community Publica- tions a week prior to erection of the new signs. He ex- plained that the department's sign shop was a bit behind in its work. John Daly, 336 N. Menard, inspects newly installed street signs designating parking area service drive in south branch of Lake st. as Corcoran pi. The late Aid Corcoran, al- most from Ihe time of his first election in 1955, had turned his efforts toward removing the old ground level rapid Iransit tracks to the adjacent railroad a move which eventiialh involved six separ- ate fjovernrnenlal and private agencies The first transit cars ran the Chicago North road bed in October, 1962, stopping at modern steel, glass and brick stations at Cen- tral. Austin and points in Oak Park. A year latc-r the S379.000 widening of the south branch of Lake st fjot underway not to be completed until several months after Aid. Corcoran's death. Involved in the project was widening the street by five feet, allowing its converMon to two-way traffic, establishing r. median strip to separate the strip parking facilities on the site of the old ground level tracks and new street lighting. Capping the many year pro- ject was the S19 million pur- chase bv the CTA of 180 air conditioned elevated cars, re- placing all of the 50-year-old cars on the Lake st. line. STILL PLAN PAINTING OF RETAINING WALL A final Mop in beautifying the south hi cinch of Lake st., sufwstfd by the Austin News, is reported still under consideraiion State Sen Thomas A. Mc- Gloon, 37th ward Democratic committeeman. said several have been asked to submit estimates on the job of painting the railroad retaining wall adjacent to the parking area. The Chicago and Northwest- ern Railroad, which has com- pleted repairs to the wall, esti- mated the work would cost 000, according to Sen McGloon. "We've got an estimate as low as S9.000 so he added, "which is still a lot of money. If we could come up with a bid as low as or there would be no problem."
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