December 16, 2011 | 01:14 AM
To President Canning and member of the board:
Shame on you ...
I join my fellow residents on Lockerbie Lane in voicing my strong protest to the proposed development of a Marriott Hotel adjacent to our block, Lockerbie Lane. In addition to the close proximity of the hotel to our properties and the subsequent issues of traffic, garbage disposal, parking, noise, water and sewer problems, decline in already difficult property values, the way in which you have handled this process as a board that is supposed to represent us, the residents, is appalling.
I reviewed the PUD presented by White Lodging the parent of Marriott. Modifications are requested for: lot width, building and parking setbacks, patio floor area, building, height roof and parapet, impervious surface coverage, loading spaces, wall signage and location.
In addition, easements are requested from two of our residents to facilitate delivery to the hotel at a lower cost.
What can you in good conscience be thinking? You never contacted the residents of Lockerbie Lane or Old Glenview Road to discuss this plan. I have seen a Village Board meeting where a resident was denied a permit to add 400 square feet to his kitchen! Yet, you are overlooking various ordinances, granting modifications without due diligence, essentially "making the deal" before the people most affected are involved.
Shame on us if we allow this to happen.
As you will note, I have copied our legislators to keep them informed about this matter, as well as the local media. The rest of Wilmette needs to know that this could happen to them if we continue to allow you to run the village like it is your own private industry. Perhaps you are forgetting that you "serve" us, not outside corporate interests who make promises to bring in revenue in 10 years.