Willow Road project could mar Winnetka’s Burnham Cabin
Updated: July 22, 2012 6:25AM
The picturesque view of the Burnham Cabin, nestled in the meadow of Crow Island Woods, may be obstructed from Willow Road drivers, based on a road project in the works. At a hearing last week village official confirmed that plans call for new roadside parking to be carved out along Willow Road in front of the Crow Island meadow for use by staff of the nearby Crow Island school.
Crow Island School has millions in reserve for special projects, and sits on five acres of land, however the school wants the village to pay for parking to be created on Willow Road in front of Crow Island Woods.
It is so insensitive, given the great effort it took to create the Burnham Cabin setting. The village paid big bucks to move the cabin to the site. The Park District provided the land. The Burnham Family donated the cabin, and the Winnetka Historical Society is considered the care taker of the cabin.
However the Historical Society was not even notified of the hearing, impacting the cabin. Now the public must speak up by June 22, or this reckless plan will coming, and the mystical site of Cook County’s oldest house, will be hiding behind staff cars.
People should speak up.