Oak Lawn residents have recently made a complaint about a Village official doctoring Village documents for political purposes. Mayor Sandra Bury has leveled accusations at Trustee Robert Streit (District 3) of disseminating misinformation about a proposed commercial development in a residential zone. But it appears that her own political appointee is the one behind the misinformation.
Andy Skoundrianos, who was appointed by Bury to the Village’s Appeal’s Board, has disseminated two-sided flyers about the proposed Anthem Memory Care development on the site of the Southwest Chicago Christian School, located at 101st St and Central Avenue.
The flyer included a quote attributed to Trustee Streit, making it appear as though it was said at the Planning & Development Committee meeting held on March 21st, 2016.
I didn’t know anything about this Development until tonight’s meeting!
The flyer then went on to state the following:
At last week’s Planning & Developments Committee meeting Trustee Bob Streit told the crowd of residents that he didn’t know anything about the request by the Anthem Memory Care Company for a proposed development at the Southwest Christian Church and School near 101st & Central Ave in Oak Lawn.
According to the official Village audio recording and the official minutes of the meeting, Trustee Streit never stated what the flyer quoted him as saying. In fact, it was quite the opposite, stating that he had the same information everyone else had.
Many of you know as much about this project as I do. Like one of the commissioners said, they got it Friday. I don’t have any more than a planned view of the development.
The flyer also includes a purported quote from a February 26th Trustee Information Letter [TIL]. The TIL is a weekly letter written by the Village Manager to the members of the Board of Trustees; its intent to inform the Board of current matters. The language in the flyer was as follows:
Anthem appears on target to meet submittal deadlines for a late March Planning Commission public hearing date followed by Board of Trustees consideration in April. ADRC [Architectural & Design Review Commission] review and consideration will be extremely important as the nearby residential neighborhood is an attractive and strong area in our Village.
That language never appeared in the actual Trustee Information Letter. The actual language from the February 26th TIL was as follows:
Anthem is pressing to meet Village CDGM [Community Development & Growth Management] Department submittal date of February 29th for inclusion on the March 21st P&DC agenda. The proposed project will be on a 2.28 acre site, maximum building height is 33′, no basement and two stories with first floor 23,000 sq. ft. and second floor 21,000 sq. ft., building will be licensed to accommodate 82 residents at capacity, 66 units with combo of private suites and shared suites, 40-42 employees staffed 24/7 with peak level at 18-20 and this is residential so ALL HEALTHCARE will be delivered at local hospitals and doctors offices.
When contacted by telephone, Mr. Skoundrianos stated that he would not go on the record with any responses and that he would file a lawsuit if any comments were attributed to him.