I emailed Leo Plotkin about this coming Saturday’s rally to save International Plaza. He answered a few of my questions:
Who else is involved in organizing the rally?
All of the owners of the small businesses located at International Plaza will be attending the rally.
What businesses do they run at the Plaza?
The types of businesses in International Plaza consist of food restaurants (Japanese, Italian, etc.), beauty salons, workout gym, clothing store, resale shop, video rental (Blockbuster), currency exchange, gift shop, dentist, accupuncturist, tai chi business, cleaners, pro golf shop, Korean market, consumer electronics repair business, etc. There is a great variety of businesses in International Plaza and this list signifies the different types.
Why have the rally now? Did something happen to provoke a response from you?
There is a pending lawsuit between XSport Gym and the Village of Arlington Heights. If XSport Gym was to lose the lawsuit, International Plaza will be condemned as Eminent Domain.
What do you hope to accomplish with a rally? Press attention?
Yes, we would love to provoke media attention and to place pressure on the board to change their mind in regards to Eminent Domain.