PMSA gains green space

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Built as the administrative headquarters for Loyola University Medical Center, the Proviso Math and Science Academy has always felt sort of shoe-horned into a structure built for another purpose.

Nowhere was that more apparent than the sea of asphalt that has always surrounded the edifice at 1st Avenue and Roosevelt Road. Loyola apparently had a lot of high-priced execs and administrative assistants because north and east of the main structure it was parking and more parking.

High school students at PMSA looking to play intramural or team sports were shipped up 1st Avenue to the campus at East in Maywood. This did not exactly build camaraderie on the Forest Park campus.

Now, as part of Phase One of a long-overdue master facilities plan for the three campuses that make up the District 209 Proviso Township High Schools, PMSA's outside areas will get a reshaping starting this summer.

With presumed approval this spring from the Forest Park Village Council, athletic fields will replace a great deal of the asphalt lot at PMSA and the not-quite 200 parking spaces that remain will be rebuilt. Playing fields will be added at the eastern edge of the parcel and on the northern edge closest to 1st Avenue. 

Additionally, auto access to the campus from the two main streets will be improved to lessen congestion and promote safety.

We're pleased to see this investment in PMSA.

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William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: February 24th, 2020 10:08 PM

Why is there any need in this otherwise spot on editorial to mention Loyola executives, "high priced" or not? What a pointless thing to mention. The FPR editorial board should be ashamed for itself. The issue isn't the previous building owner, the issue was and is the corrupt actions of the previous D209 board that choose to purchase a building not suited for a high school. The current elected board, comprised mostly of ethical, well-intentioned people dedicated to students, not political bosses, is finally working to correct past mistakes. Stay on topic, FPR, and avoid the snark.

Geoff Binns-Calvey  

Posted: February 23rd, 2020 2:35 PM

Loyola top execs seem to do alright for themselves... "...Loyola Medicine CEO Larry Goldberg, whose pay remained flat at $1.3 million in 2017."

Randy Dean  

Posted: February 23rd, 2020 10:52 AM

High-priced executives? You obviously don't know much about a Catholic health care institution. Having worked in this building once when it was LUMC, your arrogant condescension of its past function is laughable. But I guess that's to be expected from the Review board. You haven't changed much.

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