Several neighbors of the new Team Evanston soccer practice facility complained to aldermen Monday night about traffic congestion from parents picking up and dropping off their kids on Greenwood Street.
Tenants in the live-work lofts in the converted factory building at 2100 Greenwood were among the complainers, arguing that the activity was disrupting their peaceful residential neighborhood -- although the properties on their block -- bounded by Greenwood and Dempster streets and Dodge and Hartrey avenues -- are zoned for industrial and commercial uses.
2100 Greenwood St.
Lon Porter, who owns the 2100 building, said the soccer traffic "came as a total surprise. No one talked to me about it."
Porter suggested that the soccer players should instead be dropped off across Dempster Street in the Dominicks or Temperance Brewing parking lots.
And he suggested the soccer group should hire monitors to help kids cross the busy four lanes of traffic on Dempster.
Diagonal parking spaces on Greenwood, and the vacant lot kids cross to get to their parents' cars.
"Six hundred kids are being dropped off twice a week," Porter complained, saying it's not safe and detracts from the value of his building.
The soccer group reached an agreement with the owner of the factory building at 2020 Greenwood to let the kids cross the grassy vacant lot owned by the factory that adjoins 2100 Greenwood to reach Greenwood Street from the back door of the soccer practice facility.
The factory at 2020 Greenwood.
Alderman Peter Braithwaite, whose 2nd Ward includes the block, said the drop-off problem was most severe during the first week the training center was open -- before outdoor fields could be used.
He said he's scheduled a meeting to discuss the issue at 7 p.m. June 19 at the District 65 administration building.
Braithwaite had strongly supported plans for the soccer facility to take over what had been a vacant factory building.