Over the past two months we have held multiple meetings with the City of Chicago to ensure compliance with all code requirements and to secure a building permit. Because the city holds the title to the land on which Nature Studio is sited, they reserve the right to inspect and assess the land's suitability for new construction prior to ceding title to Eden Place and permitting a new construction. This includes environmental testing and possible efforts to remediate soil conditions to correct contamination incurred through a history of illegal and unregulated dumping. Due to the city's apprehensions we have realized it is not within our time frame to construct a facility which requires a building permit. We are mindful of the commitment we made to all of our supporters to complete our initial goal. The team is now refocusing and considering another building typology that will allow us to work within our current restrictions. It is important to us that we keep our supporters aware of the direction of the project, and to assure all who have shown their endorsement for our mission that we are still moving forward and are committed to developing a learning center for the children of Chicago.
--Design Build Team