In an effort to increase transparency about the redevelopment process, the Office for Civic Engagement has launched a site dedicated to answering frequently asked questions about 53rd street.
What is the University’s stake in developing that property? We are committed to fostering a retail environment that will match the excellence of other signature neighborhood features such as good housing, high-achieving schools, and historic cultural institutions. The neighborhood improvements we seek are in line with many of the goals identified in community meetings, surveys, and visioning workshops conducted over the last two years, including increased retail, restaurant, and entertainment options. When the Hyde Park flourishes, the University and all its neighbors benefit.
If your question is not answered, feel free to email your inquiry to Susan Campbell, Associate Vice President for Civic Engagement.