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We called Raul on March 21st to be sure that he had all the information that he needed from our group. He said that after consulting with his supervisor, he was planning to change the location of our proposed computer lab to one of Bickerdike’s rental communities. The rental properties, unlike the Harold Washington Unity Cooperative, already have a management team in place who could help to maintain the computer lab, so he thought there was a better chance of gaining timely approval for the project.

Raul mentioned early in our discussions that it might be difficult for Bickerdike to move quickly. We wanted to give him as much time as possible to try to persuade key people from various departments that the computer lab was viable project. Three weeks later, with the end of the semester rapidly approaching, we decided that we would soon need a definitive answer in order to have adequate time to make plans for an alternate installation site. I left a phone message for Raul on Monday, April 2nd, asking how things were progressing. We received a response by email on April 12th:

Response

I apologize for not returning your call or touching base with you sooner.

Unfortunately I don’t think that the computer network idea will work this time around. Our organizing department is
feeling a bit overwhelmed and they are key to connecting the lab with the tenants.

In any event we at Bickerdike will still work on a plan for implementing and maintaining a lab anyway just in case
this opportunity presents itself again. A possible alternative is the Hispanic Housing senior building on Division St.

Thanks for all your time and energy.

Raul Echevarria

Projects Coordinator-NCP

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corp.

Response

Our response on the same date:

Raul,

No need to apologize.
We understand how full your schedule must be.

We’re sorry to hear that it won’t be possible to work together on this particular project.

It’s easy to understand that more time will be necessary in order for Bickerdike to properly plan for the
installation of a computer lab at one of their facilities.

I’m glad to hear that those efforts will continue.
I believe that UIUC will continue to offer a computer networking class in Chicago, so there should be opportunities
to collaborate in the future.

We enjoyed meeting you and hearing about the important work that Bickerdike is involved in.

We really appreciate all the effort you put into the project.

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