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Thursday, November 03, 2005

What's next for Yerkes?

The University of Chicago knows what it wants to do with Yerkes: sell it.

Both Mirbeau and Aurora University know what they want to do with Yerkes: Buy it.

Both groups have made proposals to by the site, and now it's a waiting game.

An accepted offer won't be the end of it, however. Reporter Chris Schultz, in a story in the last Monday's Gazette, quoted Williams Bay Village President Don Weyhrauch as saying, "We don't have anything to say about it until it's sold. Once it's sold, we hold the cards."

Weyhrauch promises a long and public process, so why not get the ball rolling here?

What do you think of the proposal?

Here's a batch of links to the various proposals as well as background on Yerkes.

At the bottom of this post, click the comments link and add your own thoughts.

Yerkes Observatory University of Chicago
A brief history of Yerkes Observatory

Save Yerkes Observatory Web site
The Web site of Yerkes 21, a local group working for the preservation of the observatory.

University Submites Proposal for Yerkes

Aurora University
submitted a proposal on Friday to purchase Yerkes Observatory and the
surrounding acreage and buildings located in Williams Bay, Wis., owned
by the University of Chicago.

download of Aurora's proposal

Proposal for the purchase
of the Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay Wisconsin.

Preservation Plan from Mirbeau

The Yerkes Preservation
Plan by Mirbeau was submitted to the University of Chicago on September 23,
2005 in response to the University’s Request for Proposal.


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