Post office to be torn down for walkway

By Lauren Gurley

The site of the original University of Chicago faculty club, which currently houses the University’s Post Office, will be torn down in July as part of an effort to connect the medical campus to the main quad.

Announced at a public meeting on February 27, the demolishment of the building, now known as Ingleside Hall, will accommodate a new pedestrian walkway. Located where East 58th Street comes to a dead end, the new pavement will connect the entrance of the emergency room at Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital with South Ellis Avenue, according to a University news release. Construction for the project is scheduled to begin in July 2013 with expected completion by June 2014.

In addition, 16 parking spaces will be lost as a result of the new pathway. The plan is to relocate them to 59th Street and Drexel Avenue, said University spokesman Jeremy Manier.

The Post Office, the only current occupant of the building, is still searching for a new location on campus.