I am writing about the proposed Catherine Alice Gardens facility in Palatine. As a preface, I am a resident of Palatine. The area in question is a significant distance from my home; however, I have a nephew that attends the karate school directly next door. Therefore, I know the area very well.
Let me be clear, in virtually every social issue, I take a liberal stance. To be specific, I have been a strong proponent of supportive services for our mentally ill citizens. I have been personally touched by mental illness in my own family, as have many families in Palatine. I believe that it is our social responsibility to care for those who cannot fully care for themselves.
I believe a large number of taxpayers would agree to the need and efficacy of such housing. However, our elected officials must consider the location of the development its first priority for several reasons: safety for the residents of the development and occupants of the neighboring commercial area, the cost of the housing to the taxpayer, and the effects on the commercial entities next to and directly adjacent to the facility.
Since I must be brief, I'll touch on the main issue: safety. On the street of the proposed project, large semi-trucks deliver and pick up goods frequently, and industrial forklifts often accompany their stops. Postal trucks quickly and regularly maneuver through the area. It is an active and hazardous street, to say the least.
The care of our mentally ill is a concern for any well-meaning citizen. Appropriate location should be the concern of the developers and the village. In this specific case, the parcel in question should be considered inappropriate for such a development. The Catherine Alice Gardens planners would be wise in considering other options.