In response to questions posed by Marc Monaghan, Hyde Park Herald, Mayor Lori Lightfoot pledged to preserve the limestone revetment at Promontory Point. This is a cause for great relief and celebration!
Promontory Point Conservancy is extremely grateful and delighted that Mayor Lightfoot has agreed to a preservation approach to the repair, restoration and rehabilitation of the historic limestone revetment at Promontory Point. It is our understanding from the Mayor’s statements that Promontory Point will not be prioritized or impacted by the current GRR undertaking which is studying the entire Chicago lakefront. We too are happy to wait for the funding of U.S. Congresswoman Kelly’s third-party, independent study for a true preservation approach under the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Preservation. Kelly’s pending funding authorization of the 2007 appropriation for a preservation study brings us all back to the 2006 Obama Scope of Work which lays out a comprehensive plan for early and ongoing community input and engagement. We are pleased too that the Mayor is committed to serious community input in the preservation study. This makes a preservation approach at the Point a win-win for the City and for the community. We look forward to working with the Chicago Park District, the City (CDOT) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore, repair and rehabilitate the historic limestone revetment and to craft a creative, world-class ADA adaptation so all have easy access to the restored revetment and the water.
Thank you, Mayor Lightfoot, for supporting preservation of the limestone and taking demolition off the table!