Goll Mansion Project – Common Council October 7th, 2008 Meetings Notes
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1550 N. Prospect Avenue
Although only briefly discussed, the most controversial item approved today was the change in zoning for New Land Enterprises’ 26-story condominium tower to be built behind the historic Goll Mansion.
This project has been engulfed in controversy because residents of 1522 on the Lake believe the project will impact their views of Lake Michigan and some citizens have argued that there isn’t solid enough assurances that the Goll Mansion will be preserved. There was some discussion on the issue regarding the legality of efforts that had been suggested to insure the preservation of the historic Goll Mansion. Specifically Alderman Michael Murphy ask about the potential of forcing New Land Enterprises to put $1 million into an escrow account, but was informed of the city attorney’s opinion that this wasn’t legal or enforceable. Although residents entered a petition in opposition of the project that required this resolution to be approved by a super majority of votes, it passed easily. Alderman Nic Kovac, was the sole Alderman to vote against the change in zoning but made no comments on the floor explaining his vote or appealing for support. This resolution was passed and now goes before Mayor Tom Barrett for approval.