“Grove Harbor Marina wants to build a 21,000 square-foot office building on Coconut Grove’s crowded waterfront. Their proposed box-on-the bay is not a part of the Grove’s waterfront master plan nor is it in compliance with the shoreline’s 50-foot setback law.”
Northern Illinois University will build a garden near Cole Hall, with a curved peaceful walkway and five illuminated sections of cardinal red granite, as a permanent memorial to victims of the Feb. 14, 2008 shootings on campus.
The plan for “Memorial Garden” was unveiled today during events commemorating the tragedy one year ago. Those activities included a wreath-laying ceremony at the future garden site, located just east of Cole Hall.
Ultimately, the advisory Memorial Committee identified a peaceful
garden and/or sculpture as the top memorial concepts. The group also
recommended that the memorial be located within sight of Cole Hall,
include the “Forward, Together Forward” theme and be easily accessible
to the public. A memorial wall was also among the top concepts
identified by the committee.
A smaller group headed by Jeff Daurer, director of capital budgeting
and planning for the NIU Division of Finance and Facilities, then
created the more detailed memorial plan. Representatives of HKM
Architects + Planners, Inc. of Arlington Heights—which designed Barsema
Hall, the Yordon Center and the Barsema Alumni and Visitors
Center—assisted the group, donating its time and expertise in landscape
architecture and design.
JOHN LORINC of Globe & Mail in a special report states
“In the City of Toronto’s looming $8.7-billion operating budget, this year’s $1.6-million allocation for tree planting looks like little more than a sapling-sized line-item. It’s an outlay that will add 100,000 young trees to Toronto’s parks, public spaces and front yards.”